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Recent Content

ANN: The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes - Mali

The documentary film 'The Diambourou: Slavery and Emancipation in Kayes - Mali' is now available on DVD.

A film directed by Marie Rodet


The African slave trade was officially abolished in French Soudan (present-day Mali) by the colonial authorities in 1905, but effective emancipation of formerly enslaved populations was in fact a lengthy process, the repercussions of which were still felt long after Mali’s independence in 1960.

New Resource on Haitian History

Dear H-French-Colonial Subscribers,

I'm forwarding this message on behalf of Brooke Wooldridge and Adam Silva of Florida International University.  See below for an exciting new open-access resource on Haiti, in which several specialists on French colonial Saint-Domingue participated.  The site is being launched for Haitian Heritage Month but will remain online indefinitely. It is a project of the wonderful full-text archive The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), and includes links to sources in that collection.