Who Set Fire to Montral? 1734, The Trial of Anglique


Who Set Fire to Montral? 1734: The Trial of Anglique.This exhibition challenges visitors to find the real culprit behind the fire that, on April 10, 1734, destroyed the Htel-Dieu (hospital) along with some forty houses in Montral.

Anglique, a black slave of Portuguese origin, born in Madeira near Lisbon, arrived in Montral in 1729 at the age of 24. Suspected, accused and convicted of having set the fire, she was condemned to torture and then to being hanged and burned, her ashes scattered to the wind.

Visitors will be helped to carry out their own investigations as they move through the exhibition, thanks to contemporary testimony from the people involved. The actions of nobles and commoners, domestics and slaves, will be examined with a fine-tooth comb by these detectives-for-a-day. Based on the witnesses statements, motives and alibis, they will be able to draw their own conclusions.

An exhibition by the Centre dhistoire de Montral, in collaboration with the Bibliothque et Archives nationales du Qubec.

Technical sheet - Who Set Fire to Montral? 1734: The Trial of Anglique [417,3 KB - 8 pages] (in French)

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