Slavery in 18th-century Quebec

In this morning’s Montreal Gazette, columnist John Kalbfleisch writes about slavery in 18th-century Quebec and the ads his publisher once ran. He writes that “slaves were used mainly as indoor domestics rather than as outdoor field hands. . .Most farms in Quebec were small, and their owners rarely wealthy enough that buying a slave was a possibility. Nor was it even desirable, as the Canadian climate ensured that agriculture was far from a year-round activity. Slaves were a luxury that only the urban well-to-do were likely to consider.”

Thanks to my friend, Jacques Gagné, who fortunately reads the newspaper earlier than I do.

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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3 Responses to Slavery in 18th-century Quebec

  1. Marcel Trudel’s book Canada’s Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage is now available in English, translated by George Tombs.

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