Book cover of Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast by Joan DeJeanby Joan DeJean

The secret history of the rebellious Frenchwomen who were exiled to colonial Louisiana and found power in the Mississippi Valley

In 1719, a ship named La Mutine (the mutinous woman), sailed from the French port of Le Havre, bound for the Mississippi. It was loaded with urgently needed goods for the fledgling French colony, but its principal commodity was a new kind of export: women.

Falsely accused of sex crimes, these women were prisoners, shackled in the ship’s hold. Of the 132 women who were sent this way, only 62 survived.

Interview with the Author

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Bonus Author Interview: Mutinous Women 
4/19/22          56 min


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Jaon DeJean, “Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast” (Basic, 2022)
5/2/22            41 min


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The Innocent Women Criminal Exiles of Louisiana with Dr. Joan DeJean
5/7/22            45 min


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Episode 199 – Mutinous Women with Joan DeJean
5/5/22           52 min


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526 Joan DeJean: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of Louisiana
7/27/22            40 min


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Joan DeJean!
4/25/22         34 min


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