Aurore (slave ship)

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Fiche de Desarmement of the first two African slave-trade ships to Louisiana, dated October 4, 1719

The Aurore (along with the Duc du Maine) was a cargo slave ship that brought the first African slaves to Louisiana on June 6, 1719, from Senegambia.[1][2]


The Aurore ship captain would force the slaves to lie down on the ship in a packed tight spoon-like position in order to occupy as little space as possible. This had to be done so that the captain would gain maximum profits.[3] Leg shackles were also used on board the Aurore to keep the slaves together and enslaved.[4]


  1. ^ Hall, Gwendolyn Midlo, Africans in Colonial Louisiana, p. 61.
  2. ^ "Immigrants to Colonial Louisiana". Archived 2009-01-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Body Positions of Slaves in Hold of French Slave Ship Aurore, 1784" (PDF). hofstra. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Leg Shackles Used Onboard Slave Ship Aurore, 1784". The Mariners' Museum. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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