How Did Jacques Rudot's Ordinance Influence New France

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In 1709, Jacques Raudot, passed an ordinance planned to identify owners’ demands for Seeking validation and security of their enslaved property and reinforcing the legality of both African and Indian servitude in New France. The ordinance accentuated the problems associated with insubordinate slaves, who often attempted to escape from their owners by repudiating their enslaved status. In his ordinance, Raudot also highlighted the need of slaveholding for the growth and development the colony. The ordinance disseminated to the public through New France’s officials who referred to Raudot’s ordinance as the root of legalized slavery in the colony. It was published in the towns of Quebec, Three rivers, and Montreal and was notarized by authorities. …show more content…

In New France, large percentage of enslaved people consisted of Indians (Panis) who were captured by Indigenous allies and sold to the English. It also consisted of Negros, who were bought and traded through private sales. In New France, Africans could also be enslaved, which was legalized before the ordinance in 1689 by Louis XIV. This ordinance undoubtedly created distinctions and categories between black and white and colored individuals became viewed as inferior due to biological limitations. Panis and Negro slaves performed most of the surplus domestic labor and were used by inhabitants for agriculture and other enterprises. The text reflects New France as a commercial society, in which the main focus is the growth and development of the colony through the strengthening of bonds and agriculture. New France is devoted to the advancement of commercial interest, in the sense that there is a fair trade when it comes to selling of property and that no one is “cheated out of considerable sums

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