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Archipelago of JusticeLaw in France's Early Modern Empire$
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Laurie M Wood

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300244007

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300244007.001.0001

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The Human Ecology of Justice

The Human Ecology of Justice

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Archipelago of Justice

Laurie M. Wood

Yale University Press

Chapter 1 explores the local configuration and context of the courts (conseils supérieurs) to understand how justice was negotiated. Subjects circulated into and out of courtrooms from urban markets, overseas expeditions, and plantations. Analysis of colonial capitals, including architectural clues, reveals the physical movement and behavior of court participants, such as magistrates, bailiffs, and onlookers. This chapter makes clear the distinctions of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean tropical legal entrepôts. Where the Antillean courts relied much more on their proximity to each other and a regional identity, the Mascarene courts prioritized ties with France in an expression of vulnerability.

Keywords:   space, architecture, legal profession, port cities, Caribbean history, Indian Ocean history, slavery

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