Life and Death on the Plantations
Selected Jesuit Letters from the Caribbean

Edited and translated by Michael Harrigan

Critical Texts 68

Modern Humanities Research Association

  12 April 2021

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From the first half of the seventeenth century, missionaries of the Society of Jesus ministered to the free and enslaved populations of the French Caribbean colonies. Amongst their number were Jean Mongin (1637–1698) and Claude Breban (1695–1735), whose letters vividly depict the experience of the evolving colonial world. Writing from Martinique, and Saint Kitts (Saint-Christophe), Mongin describes his attempts to convert Protestants, his ministry to the populations of slaves and their mistreatment by colonists, as well as concerns with unorthodox spiritualities. Breban depicts the rhythms of life in the burgeoning slave colony of Saint-Domingue, with the distinctive cultural and linguistic practices – and cruelty – of its plantation environment. Mongin and Breban’s letters reflect debates about the transatlantic slave trade, and the nature of human difference, and testify to the cultural and social environment of early Creole societies.

The letters in this volume are an unrivalled source of information about the lives of enslaved people in the early modern French Caribbean. Transcriptions of manuscripts in French are accompanied by facing-page translations into English and notes.

Contents:

vi-vi
Acknowledgements
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vii-viii
Abbreviations
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1-35
Introduction
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36-59
Letter 1 Carcassonne, Mdc, Ms 73, fols 32r–41r.
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60-105
Letter 2 Paris, BM, Ant MS 9, fols 23r–39v.
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106-205
Letter 3 Vanves, AFSI, GBro185, fols 1r–49v.
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206-215
Letter 4 Carcassonne, MdC, MS 73, fols 79r–119v [title page, fol. 79r; letter begins fol. 80r]. Transcription from fols 79r–84r.
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216-263
Letter 5 Bourges, AdC, 2F 788.
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264-272
Bibliography
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Bibliography entry:

Edited, and translated by Michael Harrigan, Life and Death on the Plantations: Selected Jesuit Letters from the Caribbean, Critical Texts, 68 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Life and Death on the Plantations: Selected Jesuit Letters from the Caribbean, edited and translated by Michael Harrigan, Critical Texts, 68 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Edited and Harrigan, p. 47.

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Edited, and translated by Michael Harrigan. 2021. Life and Death on the Plantations: Selected Jesuit Letters from the Caribbean, Critical Texts, 68 (Cambridge: MHRA)

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