Antislavery and Antidespotism: 1760–1771

Sue Peabody

in ‘There Are No Slaves in France’

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195101980
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854448 | DOI:
Antislavery and Antidespotism: 1760–1771

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This chapter contains the description of events that elapsed between the Admiralty's ordinance of 1762 and the 1777 Police des Noirs. This period is a crucial period for slavery in France. First, the number of blacks suing for their freedom in the Paris Admiralty Court increased radically. Second, some of the renowned authors adopted the metaphor of slavery to defy the excesses of monarchic government in France. The political context in which the lawsuits and discourse propagated was radicalized from 1770 to 1774 when Louis XV's chancellor Maupeou instituted a series of dramatic judicial reforms. A judicial memoire by Henrion de Pansey on behalf of the slave Roc circulated extensively, linking the injustice of Roc's slavery to the influence of Maupeou on the king.

Keywords: Police des Noirs; slavery; France; Maupeou; Henrion de Pansey; Paris Admiralty Court

Chapter.  7470 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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