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Transcript of Marie-Joseph Angelique
There was a trial, and many people of the town almost all testified her guilty, including her owner. There was no proof. Until one day a 5 year old girl testified that she saw Marie take shovels of coal up into the attic of the house, nearly right before the fire started. This was all they needed to say Marie was guilty. One week later her punishment was decided to be hung, and burn her body into ashes.
On June 21 Marie was questioned "who were you with on this plan" she plead guilty and said she was by her self, they caused her great pain. Later that after she was put to death. Claude was no where to be found after her death.
The Fire of April 10, 1734
On Saturday April 10 1734 there was a fire that started near the south bound of rue Saint-Paul. Spreading to the east bound. It destroyed the hospital near by. Fourty- five houses were destroyed. Fortunately no one was injured.
Marie-Joseph Angélique was born in approximitly 1700's, in Portugal, Madeira. She lived in England before she was sold to a French man from Montreal named François Poulin de Francheville in 1725. He later died on 1733. After on Marie belonged to his wife Thérèse de Couagne. Marie had 3 children, 1 in 1731 and twins in 1732. The father of these children were Jacques César.
Marie never did believe in the slavery system. She hated being treated like an object being sold to different places. She always talked back to her owners. When Thibault was released from jail he came to Marie and they planned another escape. Except this one had to do with setting a fire to cause a distraction, from their fleeing.
The fire was a rebellion to her owner and a escape plan. Marie had no luck she was not able to flee with Claude, i would describe her as fearless. Marie-Joseph now has books written about her and dramatic plays. Then many people didn't rebel against slavery but she did, and that gave motivation to others to show what they believe in.
Throughout the year she fell in love with a white labor servant (Claude Thibault). They tried to escape and were later found and Thibault was taken to jail on May 5 and was released April 8. Marie-Joseph Angelique's owner did not want to deal with her. Marie figured out she was going to be sold to the West Indians. She was frustrated, she compromised with them to keep her. They finally gave in but still sold her to Quebec City.
Marie chose to rebel against slavery being sold off, treated poorly and she hated how whites couldn't be treated like blacks, and how no white and black people can not be together. Not that many people chose to do what they believed,i would describe her as fearless. Marie took many risks being with Claude Thibault is one of those many risk, escaping not once but twice. Burning down many houses to escape from slavery and to be with Thibault. There were later suspicions that Marie caused the fire. That's all they needed to accuse her just suspicions.