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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day$
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Eva Sansavior and Richard Scholar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381519

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.001.0001

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‘Slaves’ in My Family

‘Slaves’ in My Family

French Modes of Servitude in the New World

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(p.105) 4 ‘Slaves’ in My Family
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Caribbean Globalizations, 1492 to the Present Day
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Christopher L. Miller

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381519.003.0004

This chapter examines issues of human servitude and slavery as defined and influenced by France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It considers the ambiguous globalization of servitude by focusing on two parts of New France — Canada and Louisiana — and argues that both territories felt the influence of Caribbean slavery and the Atlantic slave trade. Louisiana practised chattel slavery on plantations and in the very different urban environment of New Orleans. In Canada, however, Amerindian practices of capture, enslavement, trade, and adoption were both exploited and emulated by the French. New Englanders taken captive by Indians were thus called ‘slaves’, and they were bought and sold, but often returned home.

Keywords:   human servitude, slavery, Canada, Louisiana, globalization, New France, slave trade, plantations, Indians, slaves

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