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Cul de SacPatrimony, Capitalism, and Slavery in French Saint-Domingue$
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Paul Cheney

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226079356

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226411774.001.0001

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Province and Colony

Province and Colony

(p.15) Chapter One Province and Colony
Cul de Sac

Paul Cheney

University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the origins of the Ferron de la Ferronnays, a family of Breton nobles closely associated with the Bourbon monarchy. It describes their investments in Brittany and Anjou, the relationship of nobles like them to the mercantile elites of France's port cities, and the relative stagnation of their fortunes that led them to invest in plantation property. The colonization of Saint-Domingue by the Ferron de la Ferronnays family and their managers the Corbiers (also from Brittany and Anjou) was part of a broader process of uncloistering that helped to forge social and economic links between isolated regions of France. This economic development was also the source of new social and political tensions as the relative power and wealth of the French provinces shifted.

Keywords:   economic development, noble investment, family alliances, Brittany, Anjou, agriculture, marriage, Nantes, Bordeaux

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