The Colonial Famine Plot: Slavery, Free Trade, and Empire in the French Atlantic, 1763–1791*

  title={The Colonial Famine Plot: Slavery, Free Trade, and Empire in the French Atlantic, 1763–1791*},
  author={Joseph Horan},
  journal={International Review of Social History},
  pages={103 - 121}
  • Joseph Horan
  • Published 1 December 2010
  • History, Economics
  • International Review of Social History
Summary This essay examines the use of famine-plot rhetoric in the course of disputes over free trade in the French Atlantic during the late eighteenth century. Seeking to discredit officially sanctioned trade monopolies, French plantation owners frequently suggested that the control exercised by metropolitan merchants over transatlantic commerce was responsible for food shortages among the enslaved population of the colonies. In reality, the planters themselves bore primary responsibility for… 
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