Marronnage in Saint-Dominigue (Haiti)

Marronnage in Saint-Dominigue (Haiti) “is an electronic interface meant to decompartementalise the archives of slavery in the French Atlantic world” initiated by Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec, copyrighted by the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada.

This is a free, online, searchable database of slave advertisements in Saint-Dominigue, later Haiti, for the years 1766-1791. Searches can be made by:

  • any word
  • Slave name
  • gender
  • year

Or you can read through all the slave advertisements

Or you can read through all the prison lists

The digitized newspaper clippings are all in French, but the site itself translates to English to help English speakers navigate.

“Historians who write the history of slavery—and more generally that of the oppressed and marginalized—have no choice but to work on the sources written by slave masters and to deconstruct their underlying racial ideology. They are often the only traces remaining to tell of those who refused the dehumanization of slavery. What would be known today about Narcisse if there had not remained a notice published in June 1776? More than 10 000 slaves like him are described in the main newspaper of the colony, which in 1804 would become Haiti. This site brings them back to life for the first time.”

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