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Frontiers of servitude: Slavery in narratives of the early French Atlantic

Michael Harrigan


Based on original research into little-examined printed and archival sources, this book explores the fundamental ideas behind early French thinking about Atlantic slavery by asking three central questions. What, in theoretical and social terms, did the condition of a slave mean? What was unique about using the human body in Caribbean labour, and what were the limits to this use? What can the strategic approaches described in interactions with slaves tell us about early slave society? Arguing that the social and cultural context of the Caribbean colonies from c. 1620-1750 was marked by consider ... More

Keywords: Slavery, France, Colonisation, Caribbean, Early modern, Atlantic, Travel, Servitude, Religion, Sugar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526122261
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526122261.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Harrigan, author
specialist in the history and literature of early modern European initiatives in the Americas, Africa and Asia. His publications include Veiled Encounters: Representing the Orient in 17th-Century French Travel Literature (2008)