French Revolution Colonies

French Revolution Colonies

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  • I rely on the colonies for much of my wealth.
  • If anything were to ever happen to them you wouldn't be able to support yourself. 
  • During the French Revolution France had many colonies all around the world. They had colonies in the Caribbean, Asia, North America, and more.
  • These colonies provided France with a lot of wealth. One in eight French people depended on the colonies for commerce. The wealthiest colony in the world was Saint Domingue at the time, because of the sugar it produced.
  • Oh no! Did you hear that Great Britain took many of our Colonies?
  • How will the government pay for the expenses of the war now?
  • Most of the work in the colonies was done by slaves. On Saint Domingue there were around 500,000 slaves, 32,000 white people and 28,000 free people of color.
  • Due to wars France lost many of its colonies. In 1763 they lost their colonies in Canada and India to Great Britain, but kept their colonies in the Carribbean. 
  • The wars were very expensive and with the financial crises going on France had to rely on the few colonies that were left for money.
  • Along with the Financial problems in France, including the prices of bread rising and the major increase in taxes, the people in France became very angry with the government. Now that the income from foreign colonies has decreased many citizens rioted and complained about the financial problems in their country.
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