Fredrik Thomasson

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My present research project concerns the legal system of the Swedish Caribbean colony Saint Barthélemy. The island was a Swedish territory 1785–1878. While contemporary Sweden seldom remembers it was a slaving nation it did have an elaborate set of laws and ordinances regulating and punishing the island's black population. I am the first historian to systematically investigate the Swedish court of justice records in the Archives nationales d'outre mer in Aix-en-Provence.



A 13 minute reportage concerning my research on law and justice on Swedish Saint Barthélemy was broadcasted by Swedish National Televison (SVT2) 7 Oct. 2013, 20.00 hours, in the program Vetenskapens Värld [Science World] and can be seen here:


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