Jacques Raudot

Jacques Raudot (1638 - 20 February 1728, Paris) was the co-Intendant of New France between 1705 and 1710 with his son Antoine-Denis Raudot.[1]

In 1709 Raudot issued an ordinance to clarify whether individuals could legally own slaves, in New France.[2] According to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Raudot "legalized the enslavement of Negroes and Pawnees."


  1. Horton, Donald J. (1979) [1969]. "Raudot, Jacques". In Hayne, David (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. II (1701–1740) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.
  2. Michel Paquin. "PIERRE, Comanche Indian, slave; b. c. 1707; baptized 11 Sept. 1723 in Montreal; buried there 5 Aug. 1747". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Retrieved 2019-06-14. The Conseil Supérieur referred the litigants to Intendant Gilles Hocquart, who, basing his decision on Raudot’s ordinance which had legalized the enslavement of Negroes and Pawnees, confirmed the judgement handed down by Raimbault in the case of the Comanche Pierre. The affair might have been the occasion for the king to issue a regulation concerning slavery, but he preferred that the judges respect Canadian custom. Pierre Raimbault had created a precedent.

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