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  • Gallica: Images and documents related to the history of France.
  • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database: Interactive database of slave trading voyages from the Age of Exploration to abolition.
  • Mapping the Republic of Letters: Digital humanities project dedicated to reconstructing and exploring early modern scholarly networks, from Erasmus to Benjamin Franklin.
  • Martinique’s Cultural Heritage: Digital portal for exploring the material and cultural heritage of Martinique.
  • The John Carter Brown Library Online: Images and commentary from rare books, manuscripts, and maps related to the  history of the Americas before 1820.
  • Iconothèque Historique of the Indian Ocean: Image bank of drawings, photographs, etc. from La Réunion and other areas of the Indian Ocean covering the region’s flora and fauna, landscapes, literature and art, and inhabitants.
  • The Appendix: A quarterly journal of experimental and narrative history.
  • Manioc: Digital Library of the Caribbean, Amazon basin, and Guianas.
  • The Digital Library of the Caribbean: A cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean.
  • Mapping Haitian HistoryA collection of photos of Haitian sites, organized by geography and category, covering pre-Columbian to the present.
  • The French Colonial Empire, 1500-1800: A “Digital Humanities for the Classroom” project created from the collections of the Newberry Library. Focuses on French colonies in North America & the Caribbean.
  • Versailles on Paper: A Graphic Panorama of the Palace and Gardens of Louis XIV. An online gallery of images and text related to the Versailles palace/garden and its inhabitants from a 2015 exhibition in the main gallery of the Firestone Library at Princeton.
  • Publishing and the Book Trade in France and Francophone Europe, 1769-1789: According to the site’s homepage: “This website offers an opportunity to explore the world of books on the eve of the French Revolution. It brings together material from the vast archives of the Société typographique de Neuchâtel, a publisher and wholesaler who provided all kinds of books to all parts of France from 1769 to 1789. By pursuing leads through links, users can follow the play of supply and demand in literature, town by town and bookseller by bookseller. They can also study publishing strategies, pirating, smuggling, shipping, the role of booksellers as cultural intermediaries, and the pattern of best-sellers on a national scale. Finally, the website brings together a great deal of information about writers and writing: 500 reports on authors from the files of the Parisian police, 1748-1753, and 185 letters by Jacques-Pierre Brissot, whose career as a writer in the 1780s culminated in his role as a leader of the French Revolution.”
  • Two Plantations: Enslaved Families in Virginia and Jamaica: “This website displays research into the lives of 431 enslaved people in seven multi-generational families at Mesopotamia plantation in Jamaica and Mount Airy plantation in Virginia.”
  • The Early Caribbean Digital Archive: “Partnered with the Digital Library of the Caribbean(DLOC) and housed in Northeastern University’s NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks (NULabTMN), the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA) is a highly interactive digital scholars lab for the collaborative research and study of pre-C20 Caribbean literature. The ECDA seeks to engage both scholars and students in a shared, critical study of the textual, material, and cultural histories of the Caribbean by providing them with innovative digital technologies and newly emerging discursive platforms for generating new knowledges of the Caribbean’s rich body of materials.”
  • Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery: “a Web-based initiative designed to foster inter-site, comparative archaeological research on slavery throughout the Chesapeake, the Carolinas, and the Caribbean. Our goal is to help scholars from different disciplines use archaeological evidence to advance our historical understanding of the slave-based society that evolved in the Atlantic World during the colonial and ante-bellum periods. The archive was conceived and built by archaeologists at Monticello, with the collaboration of archaeologists, historians, and research institutions from across the Atlantic World.”
  • The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA): “a collection of electronic texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.”
  • A Colony in Crisis: The Saint-Domingue Grain Shortage of 1789
  • Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past: “a collaborative digital project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that brings together and provides access to over 30,000 pages of family and personal papers, business records, and public documents from the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections, the Louisiana State Museum Historical Center, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection, and New Orleans Public Library.”
  • Louisiana Historical Center’s Louisiana Colonial Documents Digitization Project: Comprises “220,000 pages, handwritten in French and Spanish.”
  • French Books on India: “An open access multilingual discovery tool with book data and scholarly annotations from 1531 to 2016, and ebooks before 1939.”

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– Vue du Fort Royal de la Martinique prise de la première embrasure de la Batterie de la Prison du côté du petit escalier qui monte au fort, François Denis, circa 1750-60