Pl. XX Femme Quarteronnée, Esclave à Surinam: 18th century
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Femme Quarteronnée, Esclave à Surinam. A female 'Quadroon' slave in Surinam. Anticipating later attempts to suppress other races by defining superior/inferior racial characteristics, white West Indians established degrees of 'Blackness'. A 'Mulatto' had one African and one European parent; a 'Quadroon', was a quarter African, having one African and three European forbears, etc. Although these terms were in common usage by white people in the 18th century, they should now be regarded as potentially offensive.
1796 AD - 1800 AD