Near Louisbourg in Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces
Slavery / Freedom
Esclavage / Liberté
Marie Marguerite Rose was the name given to a young woman captured in Guinea, Africa, sold to French traders and brought to Louisbourg in 1736 as a slave for officier Louis Loppinot and his family.
Marie Rose, portrayed below, worked in the Loppinot household for 19 years, preparing the meals and helping to raise their 12 children as well as her own child. The Loppinot house was located across the block in front of you.
«Marie Marguerite Rose», c’est le nom attribué à une jeune femme capturée en Guinée, en Afrique, pour être vendue à des commerçants français et emmenée à Louisbourg en 1736 come esclave pour l’officier Louis Loppinot et sa famille.
Marie Rose, dont on voit le portrait ci-dessus, travailla chez les Loppinot pendant 19 ans, à préparer les repas et à élever les 12 enfants Loppinot ainsi que le sien. La maison des Loppinot se trouvait de l’autre côté de l’îlot en face de vous.
Une fois affranchie en 1755, Marie Rose épousa Jean-Baptiste Laurent, un Mi’kmaq. Le couple ouvrit in taverne, alors située en face. Marie Rose avait des talents pour mener la taverne mais en plus, elle savait faire la cuisine, coudre, tricoter, teindre, et repasser les vêtements, et faire du savon ainsi que des confitures. Les légumes de son potager étaient sa plus grande richesse. Compétente et dévouée, elle s’était gagné le respect ses amis et de sa clientèle.
Erected by Parks Canada.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. In addition, it is included in the Acadian History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1736.
Location. 45° 53.517′ N, 59° 59.059′ W. Marker is near Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Regional Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Louisbourg, Nova Scotia 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. Marie Marguerite Rose (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 is located on the grounds of Fortress Louisbourg near the McLennan House.
Also see . . . Slavery in Canada? I never learned that - Active History. African slavery existed in the colonies of New France and British North America for over 200 years, yet there remains a profound silence in classrooms and teaching resources about Canada’s involvement in the African slave trade. According to available historical documents, least 4,000 Africans were held in bondage for two centuries in the early colonial settlements of New France (Quebec), New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Upper Canada (Ontario). (Submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 357 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 27, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.