With the last years of the 1700s came the French Revolution. Its effects were felt throughout the Caribbean’s French Antilles, including St. Lucia. It was also the most tumultuous period in the history of the island and in Soufriere.
Soufriere became the headquarters of the Revolutionary Party, declaring an end to slavery in the French Islands, but under Napoleon, slavery was reintroduced. Many of the freed slaves, as well as French soldiers who had deserted, took to the hills. From their hideouts they organized raids on the town. The Battle of Rabot was fought right here at Fond Doux Resort & Plantation, where the fortifications and ruins can still be seen today.