Crisis: Blacks in the Capital, 1762

Sue Peabody

in ‘There Are No Slaves in France’

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195101980
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854448 | DOI:
Crisis: Blacks in the Capital, 1762

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The Declaration of 1738 stayed unregistered by the Parlement of Paris and the Admiralty Court of France. The Admiralty clerk duly recorded the declarations of slave owners who brought their slaves to Paris. These declarations reveal a small portion of blacks living in Paris, but nonetheless offer information about these individuals. The aim of this chapter is to gauge the size and the sociological makeup of the black population in Paris and the administration's efforts to control them. The case of Louis v. Jean Jacques Le Fevre prompted the officers of the Admiralty of France to prepare an ordinance that required all blacks in Paris to be registered by the Admiralty's clerk. The registration drive was a one-time event, designed to give the Admiralty an report of how many blacks were residents in Paris.

Keywords: Admiralty Court of France; Parlement of Paris; Louis v. Jean Jacques Le Fevre; blacks; Paris; black population

Chapter.  6484 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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