The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle against Atlantic Slavery / Edition 1

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Overview

In 1812 a series of revolts known collectively as the Aponte Rebellion erupted across the island of Cuba, comprising one of the largest and most important slave insurrections in Caribbean history. Childs provides the first in-depth analysis of the rebellion, situating it in local, colonial, imperial, and Atlantic World contexts. He explains how slaves and free people of color responded to the 19th-century "sugar boom" in the Spanish colony by planning a rebellion against racial slavery and plantation agriculture. Striking alliances among free people of color and slaves, blacks and mulattoes, Africans and Creoles, and rural and urban populations, rebels were prompted to act by a widespread belief in rumors promising that emancipation was near. Taking further inspiration from the 1791 Haitian Revolution, rebels sought to destroy slavery in Cuba and perhaps even end Spanish rule.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A masterfully researched book. . . . Insights . . . about the structures and institutions that slaves and free people mobilized represent one of the book's greatest contributions."—H-Net Reviews

"Framed in an engaging narrative . . . a welcome contribution to the study of African slavery in the New World."—Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe

"A welcome contribution to the debates about slave rebellion and also about the nature of the societies of both the slave-owning Caribbean islands and of the free people of colour. Its detail is always fascinating and telling, and its argument sound and much needed."—Journal of Latin American Studies

"An impressive array of archival sources. . . . Provides an engaging model."—Hispanic American Historical Review

"A passionately written book that will prove to be a valuable contribution to slavery studies, as well as to the historiography of Cuba and the African diaspora."—The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Childs should be praised for redirecting the 'Aponte Rebellion' into the general literature of African diaspora studies."—Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"A careful and multi-layered account of the uprisings and the people who planned and carried them out. . . . Childs brilliantly renders this historical complexity."—The International History Review

"A groundbreaking study that is impressively researched and captivatingly written."—Slavery and Abolition

"[Contains] important appendix of demographic data on the 381 individuals arrested for participation in the rebellion."—CHOICE

"Matt Childs . . . provides a new interpretation of classic data, making his one of the most important works in Cuban Studies published in the last fifteen years."—The Americas
"The first in-depth analysis of insurrections in Cuba in 1812."—Black Issues Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807857724
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2006
  • Series: Envisioning Cuba Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 976,830
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt D. Childs is assistant professor of Caribbean history at Florida State University and coeditor of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World.

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