Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science - Part III Summary & Analysis

Marc Aronson
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Part III Summary and Analysis

Freedom - All Men Are Equal - A great change in the world could be traced back to one circumstance. It was when Madame Villeneueve visited France in 1714. She brought an enslaved woman from the Caribbean with her as a personal servant. The slave's name was Pauline. As Madame Villeneueve set off to visit Paris from the coast, she left Pauline in a convent. While she was there, Pauline decided to become a nun herself, and the nuns agreed that she could. Madame Villeneueve was very angry about this, and she went to a judge so she could demand that she have her property back.

Twenty-three years prior, King Louis XIV ruled that slavery was legal in the French sugar islands, but the slaves were free once they hit France. The judges sided with Pauline. This made slave owners...

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