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Caribbean New Orleans: Empire, Race, and the Making of a Slave Society

Cécile Vidal


Combining Atlantic and imperial perspectives, Caribbean New Orleans offers a lively portrait of the city and a probing investigation of the French colonists who established racial slavery there as well as the African slaves who were forced to toil for them. Casting early New Orleans as a Caribbean outpost of the French Empire rather than as a North American frontier town, Cécile Vidal reveals the persistent influence of the Antilles, especially Saint-Domingue, which shaped the city’s development through the eighteenth century. In so doing, she urges us to rethink our usual divisions of racial ... More

Keywords: New Orleans, Louisiana, French Empire, The Caribbean, North America, Saint-Domingue, Atlantic world, Urban slavery, Racial formation, Eighteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469645186
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469645186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cécile Vidal, author
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociale