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Odeda

Odeda Lavoisier

Odeda Lavoisier (b.: 1765) was a Caribbean maroon. She was the younger sister of Armand Lavoisier.

Odeda was born at a plantation in Trinidad, Caribbean. As other slaves, Odeda did not had a well childhood nor youth. Her family had been slaves for a hundred years, and her parents had not been different either. Her mother had been raped by the slavemaster, and he had killed Odeda's father for protecting her mother. The slavemaster had threatened Odeda's father before he raped the mother, which resulted in Armand.

Odeda lived by her brother's side, living as a slave for her entire childhood. However, at some point, she and her brother was rescued by Babatunde Josèphe and sent away from Trinidad to the Davenport Homestad.

Years later, months prior to the French Revolution, Odeda and her brother had traveled to France – already knowing French from their childhood. The purpose is unknown, though. However, Odeda had to sell her body at a brothel for providing food for herself and her brother. She was later impregnated by the French Templar Gaubert. In order to not let the news get out, Gaubert wrote her in at some papers to a ship belonging to The Turk – and bring her to the Caribbean, working at a plantation in Trinidad.

Odeda was locked up in the Hôtel de Esclave, where she waited for being transported back to the Caribbean. She was later freed, along with several other maroons, by her brother and the Étienne-siblings. After being rescued, Odeda was ordered by her rescuers to go see François Brunet, a doctor. Finding the doctor, Odeda was examined finding out how her child's condition were. Everything seemed good, but during the night, Odeda had a miscarriage. The following day, Odeda was motionless.

When Odeda first began returning to the world of the living, she was being watched over by the doctor. Odeda lived with Brunet until his death. After this, Odeda took over the business as a doctor in Calais. At first, people did not trust her – due to her skin color – but she was later proven to be a good nurse. During the French Revolution, Odeda was often visited by the Étienne-siblings for healing their wounds.

At some point, Odeda met a woman whom she lived the rest of her life with.

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