plantation colonial

Marie-Cessette was the name of the grandmother of Alexandre Dumas. She was a slave owned by Marquis Alexandre-Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie (Dumas’s grandfather) and lived on a plantation in the colony of Saint-Domingue (Haiti). In “The Black Count“ by Tom Reiss it is stated that it is not clear if she was a black woman or of mixed race. Either way we already know that the role of Porthos is meant to be as a homage to the parentage of the author of “The Three Musketeers“. In the first episode of season three Porthos says that he “[…] was named after [his] mother’s father“. I really like the idea to let him name “his“ daughter after “his“ grandmother.