The Cuban Slave Market, 1790-1880by Laird W. Bergad, Fe Iglesias Garcia, Maria del Carmen Barcia
Pub. Date: 12/28/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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 movement of slave prices and changes in the demographic characteristics of the slave market. Incorporating over 30,000 slave transactions from three separate locations in Cuba--Havana, Santiago, and Cienfuegos--this work comprises the largest extant data base on any slave market in the Americas.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: prices and the historiography of slavery; 2. Sources and methods of data collection; 3. The development of African slavery and Cuban economic history; 4. The price structure of the Cuban slave market, 1790–1880; 5. Regional variations in the Cuban slave market: Havana, Santiago, and Cienfuegos; 6. Coartación and letters of freedom; 7. Conclusions and comparative perspectives.
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