Punishment for Fugitive Slaves, 17th cent.

Description

Captions, (top), comme les Portugais fouettent leurs esclaves lorsquils ont desertè (how the Portuguese flog slaves who have escaped); (bottom left), invention d'un Francois de la Martinique (invention of a Frenchman of Martinique); (bottom right), esclave qui a la jambe coupè pour avoir desertè (slave who had his leg amputed for having escaped). In a discussion of slavery in Brazil and the miserable state of the enslaved, Froger talks about runaway slaves and the punishments they receive when captured. The following translation appears in the 1698 English edition: . . . if their masters once catch them, they give them no quarter; for they hang a great iron collar about their necks on each side whereof there are hooks, whereunto is fastened a stake or branch of a tree, with which they thrash them at pleasure. . . . But if it so happen that after this sort of chastisement they relapse again into the same fault, they . . . cut off one of their legs, nay, and sometimes hang them for an example, of terrour [sic] unto others . . .. I knew one [slave master] in Martinico who being of a compassionate nature could not find in his heart to cut off his slaveís leg, who had run away four or five times, but to the end he might not again run the risquè of losing him altogether, he bethought of fastening a chain to his neck, which trailing down backwards catches up his leg behind, as may be seen by the cut [engraving]. And this, in the space of two or three years does so contract the nerves that it will be impossible for this slave to make use of his leg. And thus, without running the hazard of this unhappy wretchís death, and without doing him any mischief, he thereby deprived him of the means to make his escape (pp. 119-120).

Source

Francois Froger, Relation d'un Voyage fait en 1695, 1696, & 1697 aux Cotes d'Afrique, . . . Brezil, Cayenne & Isles Antilles . . . (Paris, 1698), facing p. 150; A relation of a voyage made in the years 1695, 1696, 1697 (London, 1698), facing p. 120. (Copies in the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University)"

Language

French

Rights

Image is in the public domain. Metadata is available under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International.

Identifier

NW0212

Spatial Coverage

Caribbean--Martinique

Citation

"Punishment for Fugitive Slaves, 17th cent.", Slavery Images: A Visual Record of the African Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Early African Diaspora, accessed October 15, 2021, http://slaveryimages.org/s/slaveryimages/item/1267
Captions, (top), comme les Portugais fouettent leurs esclaves lorsquils ont desertè (how the Portuguese flog slaves who have escaped); (bottom left), invention d'un Francois de la Martinique (invention of a Frenchman of Martinique); (bottom right), esclave qui a la jambe coupè pour avoir desertè (slave who had his leg amputed for having escaped). In a discussion of slavery in Brazil and the miserable state of the enslaved, Froger talks about runaway slaves and the punishments they receive when captured. The following translation appears in the 1698 English edition: . . . if their masters once catch them, they give them no quarter; for they hang a great iron collar about their necks on each side whereof there are hooks, whereunto is fastened a stake or branch of a tree, with which they thrash them at pleasure. . . . But if it so happen that after this sort of chastisement they relapse again into the same fault, they . . . cut off one of their legs, nay, and sometimes hang them for an example, of terrour [sic] unto others . . .. I knew one [slave master] in Martinico who being of a compassionate nature could not find in his heart to cut off his slaveís leg, who had run away four or five times, but to the end he might not again run the risquè of losing him altogether, he bethought of fastening a chain to his neck, which trailing down backwards catches up his leg behind, as may be seen by the cut [engraving]. And this, in the space of two or three years does so contract the nerves that it will be impossible for this slave to make use of his leg. And thus, without running the hazard of this unhappy wretchís death, and without doing him any mischief, he thereby deprived him of the means to make his escape (pp. 119-120).
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