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hurricane at Port-au-Prince caused considerable damage to the
Caledonia and its companion schooner which had arrived the
day before. A merchant in the city loaned Mina money to repair
his ships and Petion may have given some assistance.51 The delay
caused by the storm did not improve the temper of Mina's recruits.
Many of the officers were displeased with the treatment they re-
ceived and abandoned the expedition. The desertions continued
until nearly one-half of the adventurers had sailed for the United
States, sick, disgusted, or tired, and satisfied with having seen
that much of the world without winning laurels in the fight for
freedom.52 Some of these disillusioned youths were back in Phila-
delphia and Baltimore by November 22, bringing reports that
discouraged the merchants from giving further support to the
expedition.53 The faithful recruits demanded that Mina inform
them as to their destination, and wanted to see the troops they
had been promised at Santo Domingo. Mina and Young quieted
the discontent by saying that they were at Galveston.54 The deser-
tions were somewhat remedied by the enlistment of seamen from
a French frigate and other merchantmen, some of which lost most
of their crews.55
Mina's efforts to secure aid from Potion were not very successful
because of lack of funds and competition from Bolivar. Petion
offered three battalions of colored soldiers with the necessary arms
and equipment, but Mina was unable to pay for the supplies.56
He decided to sail for Galveston to join Aury, having received
51Mier's Declaration, November 13, 1817, in Hernfndez, Docunmentos, VI,
816-17; Robinson, Memoirs, I, 101. The Caledonia lost its foremast and
suffered other damages (Independent Chronicle-Boston-October 24, 1816).
52National Intelligencer (Washington), November 21, 1816. Correa
reported that 70 of the men deserted (Onfs to the Captain-General, Wash-
ington, February 28, 1817, AGI PC, leg. 1898).
S3Onfs to the Captain-General, Philadelphia, November 22, 1816, ibid.
54Webb, "Account of Mina's Expedition," AGI PE AM, leg. 14. Webb's
chronology is unreliable for this period of the expedition. He gave the
departure from Port-au-Prince as being January 3, 1817, when in reality it
was October 27, 1816 (Mina, "Boletin," AGI PC, leg. 1900).
ssRobinson, Memoirs, I; 101; Kentucky Gazette (Lexington), December
56Webb, "Account of Mina's Expedition," AGI PE AM, leg. 14; Onfs to
the Captain-General, Washington, February 28, 1817, AGI PC, leg. 1898.
Onfs was reporting information which he had received from his spy,
Segundo Correa, in letters written at Galveston on December 11, 1816, and
at New Orleans on January 25, 1817.
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