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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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Entrepôts in a Changing Empire

Entrepôts in a Changing Empire

(p.131) Four Entrepôts in a Changing Empire
Archipelago of Justice

Laurie M. Wood

Yale University Press

Chapter 4 explores the regional situations of Atlantic and Indian Ocean courts, respectively. Within these lively and increasingly interconnected oceanic systems, the Antilles initially gained prominence for their sugar production, and the Mascarenes formed what one traveler called “the arsenal of our forces and the entrepôt of our commerce.” These transformations, however, prompted the migration of court users, from sailors to traders, to legal entrepôts. A unique convergence of colonial expertise, especially regarding cash-crop production and trade, and military skills, regarding colonial defense and imperial objectives, enabled the courts to remain, and grow, as entrepôts at the center of a global ancien régime empire.

Keywords:   expertise, legal history, imperialism, French history, courts

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