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It seems extraordinary that European powers were so willing to permit and encourage slavery and the slave trade in colonial territories, even at times when it was prohibited by their own domestic law.

Montesquieu, another Bordeaux area 18th century resident and parliamentarian, said something very similar in his satiricalLettres Persanes.

To add to my previous reply about the 1716 extention of the Code Noir to metropole France:
"The Parlement of Paris tried to curb the practice of slavery by 16th century colonists by enacting laws that freed slaves brought into France by their masters. However, these laws only spurred the introduction of new racist legislation such as the Edict of 1716 which afforded freedom only to non-Negro slaves. Despite the existence of new racist laws, most French courts of the time opted to free slaves regardless of their race". (Source:Race, slavery, and the law in early modern France article by Sue Peabody. Highlighted by me).

by Alexandra in WMass (alexandra_wmass[a|t]yahoo[d|o|t]fr) on Thu Jun 15th, 2006 at 08:10:39 PM EST
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