Creoles of Guadeloupe, uniquely outsiders in a black-white world, thought it proper to send this letter of condolence to the Congress of the United States. They wished to express their "profound sorrow" at the death of Abraham Lincoln. "This event," they continued, "which has shocked the civilized world and all the true friends of the northern cause--the cause of the freedom of an oppressed race--cannot find us indifferent." They conveyed their wishes for "the prosperity of the American republic, and for the triumph of the great principles of liberty and equality."
Slavery was abolished in Guadeloupe in 1848, but a system of indentured servitude soon replaced slavery to provide labor. As a French possession, Guadeloupe reflected many of the attitudes of France toward Lincoln's assassination.