Near Louisbourg in Cape Breton Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
Marie Marguerite Rose
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.
Erected by Historic Sites and Monument Board of Canada/Commission de lieux et monuments historique du Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Women. In addition, it is included in the Acadian History, and the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board series lists.
Location. 45° 53.519′ N, 59° 59.058′ W. Marker is near Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Region. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisbourg NS B1C 2L2, Canada. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisbourg.
More about this marker. This marker in on the grounds of Fortress Louisbourg near the McLennan House.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 663 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.