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Thursday, September 29, 2022 @ 8 pm Eastern
Joan DeJean 
Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast

A ship called La Mutine departed France in December 1719, carrying a unique cargo: the only all-female roster of deportees to the future United States. The women were convicts—in many cases wrongly accused or maligned as prostitutes. But the crash of the Paris Stock Exchange while they crossed the Atlantic caused their arrival at the Gulf Coast to be quickly forgotten by authorities. They restarted in the future United States, defying the impossibilities and constraints of their lives in France, and became a foundational part of the European settlement of the Americas through their achievements.


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