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Marie-Joseph Angelique
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People often don't associate slavery with Canada however Marie-Joseph Angelique's story is important reminder that black people were in fact enslaved in Canada for many years.

Angelique, born in Portugal around 1705, she was sol multiple times, before being left to her slave masters widow, Therese de Couagne in Montreal and charged with arson after a large fire in the city. The allegations were that she set the fire trying to escape slavery after being refused a request for her freedom, though she denied setting the fire she was tortured by means of brodequins, and forced to confess to her crimes.   She begged the pardon of God, the king, and the people. Angélique was then hanged and her body displayed on a gibbet for two hours, burned and her ashes scattered to the wind.

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