Jérôme Jambu | BNF, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques – A monetary economy among French West Indies slaves?

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February 23, 2020

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Léo Barcet, « Jérôme Jambu | BNF, Département des monnaies, médailles et antiques – A monetary economy among French West Indies slaves? », Art/Gens : valeurs et constructions sociales, ID : 10670/1.r9ulvk


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The initial question aims at a historiographic blank: did slaves access money? And if, which? If not, why?   When colonized, the French West Indies were not conceived as a monetarized territory, in compliance with mercantilist ideas: only transatlantic barter trade was authorized. Also, sugar stepped in a as substitute for local exchanges, but paper notes and promissory bills had an even larger role   Coins being in a high demand in local exchange and for daily wage payments, this led to li...

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