Project Director: Jean-Pierre Le Glaunec
Marronnage is a form of resistance regularly practiced by enslaved men and women in modern era of the Atlantic World. Maroonned slaves take back their bodies and time and escape – at least temporarily – the absolute power that their masters hold over them. Historians are quite familiar with slave advertisements, which are the principal source of information about this type of resistance. Even though these racist and degrading advertisements often depict slaves as mere objects, or even cattle, they are nonetheless crucial to understanding the degree to which slaves rejected slavery and to track the course of their lives. These sources remain, to this day, hard to access, especially for non-researchers. This website aims to gather all of this information in one virtual location and make it entirely accessible to the public.