Code for the treatment of slaves in European colonies

Code Noir, or the Black Code, established in March 1685 by King Louis XIV of France was the Code for the treatment of slaves in European colonies. This code noir included some 60 articles regulating the lives of black slaves in the French colonies of the West Indies and the Indian Ocean. Later it was extended to cover Louisiana. The Code Noir’s articles specified the prohibitions and punishments applicable to slaves and also required slaveowners to Christianize their slaves.
      March, 1685
      King Louis XIV of France
      West Indies,Indian Ocean,and Louisiana.

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