“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Louisbourg in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic

Marie Marguerite Rose


Marie Marguerite Rose Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
1. Marie Marguerite Rose Marker
Inscription. English:
Captured in Africa at the age of 19 and transported to Ile Royale, where she was sold to a member of the colonial elite, Marie Marguerite Rose is seen to be a key figure of the initial phase of Black slavery in Canada. Gaining her freedom after spending 19 years in slavery, she married a Mi'kmaw man and opened a tavern in Louisbourg, becoming part of the colony's business community. Both were rare occurrences among emancipated slaves in New France. Rose's experience speaks to the presence of slavery on Ile Royale and in Canada, where an estimated population of 1,375 Black slaves existed during the French Regime.

Capturée en Afrique à 19 ans et amenée à l'île Royale où elle fut vendue à un membre de l'élite coloniale, Marie Marguerite Rose devint une figure célèbre du premier chapitre de l'esclavage des Noirs au Canada. Elle obtint sa liberté après 19 années de servitude, puis épousa un Mi'kmaq et, par l'ouverture d'une taverne à Louisbourg, accéda au groupe des commerçants de la colonie, faits rarissimes parmi les esclaves affranchis de la Nouvelle- France. Son histoire témoigne de la présence de l'esclavage sur l'île Royale et au Canada, où la population globale d'esclaves noirs était estimée à 1 375 personnes sous le Régime français.
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Marie Marguerite Rose Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
2. Marie Marguerite Rose Marker
This marker is in the center/
Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Location. 45° 53.519′ N, 59° 59.058′ W. Marker is near Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 2L2, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Slavery / Freedom (here, next to this marker); Fizel House (within shouting distance of this marker); Canada’s First Observatory (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Fortress of Louisbourg (approx. 2 kilometers away); The Lobster Fishery (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); 19th-Century Lighthouse (approx. 2.6 kilometers away); First Lighthouse Tower (approx. 2.6 kilometers away); First Lighthouse (approx. 2.6 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Louisbourg.
More about this marker. This marker in on the grounds of Fortress Louisbourg near the McLennan House.
Categories. African Americans
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 112 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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