Cover

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

I started writing this book many years ago. I began my research in the Archivo Nacional de Cuba in Havana thinking about writing a conference paper and . . .

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Introduction

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pp. 1-22

On January 26, 1825, Francisco Dionisio Vives, who had been in charge of the government of Cuba for just under two years, had an important letter . . .

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ONE: Slavery in Western Cuba, 1792–1825

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pp. 23-41

When the Cuban priest Félix Varela wrote the passage excerpted above, he was certain of the message that he was transmitting to his readers. Prior . . .

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TWO: Slave Resistance in Cuba to 1825

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pp. 42-67

This chapter opens with a brief account of the manifestations of slave resistance in Cuba during the first centuries of Spanish colonial rule. Understanding . . .

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THREE: Matanzas and Guamacaro Slaves, Plantations, and the Atlantic World

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pp. 68-96

San Carlos de Matanzas, one of the most beautiful Cuban cities, has been known as the Athens of Cuba because of the many writers and artists born there. Matanzas . . .

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FOUR: Conspiracy, Rebellion, and Frustration

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pp. 97-119

On the night of June 15, 1825, slaves from various estates in Coliseo put into motion what they considered an overdue act of revenge. The opportunity . . .

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FIVE: Trials and Murders Different Interpretations of the Law

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pp. 120-147

During the days that followed the uprising, the authorities, aided by the fervent support of the local residents, unleashed a wave of repressive measures . . .

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Conclusion

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pp. 148-152

At the turn of the nineteenth century the Atlantic was swiftly becoming a place where diverse cultures found themselves entwined. The New World, where . . .

Appendixes

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pp. 153-178

Notes

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pp. 179-211

Bibliography

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pp. 213-225

Index

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pp. 227-234