Runaway Slave Settlements in Cuba: Resistance and Repression / Edition 1

Runaway Slave Settlements in Cuba: Resistance and Repression / Edition 1

by Gabino La Rosa Corzo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807854794

ISBN-13: 9780807854792

Pub. Date: 09/29/2003

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Combining archaeological and historical methods, Gabino La Rosa Corzo provides the most detailed and accurate available account of the runaway slave settlements (palenques) that formed in the inaccessible mountain chains of eastern Cuba from 1737 to 1850, decades before the end of slavery on the island. The traces that remain of these communities provide

Overview

Combining archaeological and historical methods, Gabino La Rosa Corzo provides the most detailed and accurate available account of the runaway slave settlements (palenques) that formed in the inaccessible mountain chains of eastern Cuba from 1737 to 1850, decades before the end of slavery on the island. The traces that remain of these communities provide important clues to historical processes such as slave resistance and emancipation, anticolonial insurgency, and the emergence of a free peasantry. Some of the communities developed into thriving towns that still exist today.
La Rosa challenges the claims of previous scholars and demonstrates how romanticized the communities have become in historical memory. In part by using detailed maps drawn on site, La Rosa shows that palenques were smaller and fewer in number than previously thought and they contained mostly local, rather than long-distance, fugitives. In addition, the residents were less aggressive and violent than myth holds, often preferring to flee rather than fight a system of oppression that was even more effective and organized than generally supposed. La Rosa's study illuminates many social and economic issues related to the African diaspora in the Caribbean, with particular focus on slavery, resistance, and independence. This translation makes the book available in English for the first time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807854792
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/29/2003
Series:
Envisioning Cuba Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

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