The Cuban Slave Market, 1790-1880

The Cuban Slave Market, 1790-1880

by Laird W. Bergad, Fe Iglesias Garcia, Maria del Carmen Barcia
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521480590

ISBN-13: 9780521480598

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Slavery was in many ways the fundamental institution in colonial Cuba. This volume presents a quantitative study of Cuban slavery from the late eighteenth century until 1880, the year slavery was formally abolished on the island. The core of this study is an examination of the yearly changes in slave prices and in the demographic characteristics of the slave market.…  See more details below

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Slavery was in many ways the fundamental institution in colonial Cuba. This volume presents a quantitative study of Cuban slavery from the late eighteenth century until 1880, the year slavery was formally abolished on the island. The core of this study is an examination of the yearly changes in slave prices and in the demographic characteristics of the slave market. Based on data from the notarial protocol records of the Archivo Nacional de Cuba, this book establishes precise price trends for slaves by age, sex, nationality, and occupation, and considers a number of other variables, including the prices of coartados (slaves who had begun the process of buying their freedom) and the profile of slaves able to obtain freedom. Incorporating over 30,000 slave transactions from three separate locations in Cuba - Havana, Santiago, and Cienfuegos - this work comprises the largest extant data base of its type on any slave market in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521480598
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Cambridge Latin American Studies Series, #79
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

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Table of Contents

Tables and figures
Preface and acknowledgments
Glossary
1Introduction: Prices and the historiography of slavery1
2Sources and methods of data collection15
3The development of African slavery and Cuban economic history23
4The price structure of the Cuban slave market, 1790-188038
5Regional variations in the Cuban slave market: Havana, Santiago, and Cienfuegos79
6Coartacion and letters of freedom122
7Conclusions and comparative perspectives143
Appendix A: Nominal and real slave prices using international price indexes155
Appendix B: Statistical data base on the Cuban slave market161
Bibliography233
Index243

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