Lopinot was named after Charles Joseph Count de Loppinot (1738–1819).Loppinot was a young knight who rose to the rank of Lieutenant-General in the French army. He left France to serve time in the North-American French colony of Acadie (today known as New Brunswick, Canada).
He left the colony of Acadie around 1755, when the French were expelled from the area. He then headed to Louisiana until he recognized signs of future annexation by the United States. His journey then continued to Haiti which was, at the time, one of the wealthiest sugar-producing territories of the world.
It was at this time that Loppinot seized the economically viable opportunity to become a sugar planter. He quickly amassed great wealth and acquired land, slaves and a good reputation among his fellow associates. However, his stay in Saint Domingue was curtailed as a result of slave uprisings which began in 1791. After fighting alongside the British in an attempt to reclaim the island, he fled when victory proved unattainable.
Legend has it that on dark, stormy nights the Compte Charles Joseph de Lopinot appears on a black horse, dressed in military regalia, and gallops across the Lopinot savannah — the site of the cocoa and coffee estate he established around 1806 after he fled to Trinidad. He died in 1819. After a visit in 2011, TV show Ghost Hunters International (SYFY Channel in the US) reported that they had found more evidence of paranormal activity here than anywhere else in the world. Incidentally, the Ghost Hunters also tracked down some spine-tingling phenomena Down the Islands in Chacachacare, Trinidad…have a look.
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