"Organisation politique et
administrative des groupes indigènes du Cercle de Mopti
avant l'occupation Française" (no date)
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Before the slaves could be liberated, the French went to great lengths to negotiate an agreement with their Peul owners. The final manumission agreement substituted a land rent equal to 1/6 of the crop of rice for the customary Diamcal payment due to a master from a slave. The manumission agreement also gave the Rimaïbés perpetual right to use the land they farmed, and obligated their former masters to provide more land nearby as needed. Rimaïbé children were required to work for their former Peul masters until they married, but could be liberated along with their parents by an agreement with the Peul masters, who were then entitled to an additional 1/6 of the rice crop in payment.
(NOTE: these details are only some of many in a complicated agreement on the division of the crop.)