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Down the PARES rabbit hole

I spent some time searching PARES yesterday, and I came across a great Spanish Royal Treasury register for Havana from 1788. It is filed as “Mapa de la isla de Cuba y plano de las fortificaciones y torre faro del … Continue reading

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On the colonial gaze and old futures

During the first round of U.S.-Cuba talks, Brian Williams reported live from Havana for NBC Nightly News. As part of the January 21 broadcast, Williams interviewed Paula Laura Mendi, a freelance producer, for her perspective on the recently announced changes in U.S. … Continue reading

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Mapping colonial Havana & experimenting with digital tools

I started annotating a 1798 map of Havana, in Thinglink, to pinpoint major administrative and religious building and landmarks. Initially, I wanted to use the map to help me think through urban space for an article I am writing. The article focuses on a … Continue reading

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Aponte Commemoration

In 2012, the Comisión Aponte, of the Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas in Havana, organized a bicentennial commemoration of the 1812 execution of José Antonio Aponte, a free man of color, carpenter, artist, and leader of slave rebellions. The … Continue reading

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Santa en la revista Social, diciembre de 1919

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Nochebuena en Cuba, 1824

The Spaniard Francisco Dionisio Vives arrived to Cuba in 1823 and served as captain general of the island through 1832. Vives ruled Cuba in the wake of independence movements in the rest of the colonial Americas and in the midst … Continue reading

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On the management of life in a slave society

From the Actas Capitulares del Ayuntamiento de La Habana, on August 8, 1817, an appeal to create a separate cemetery for negros bozales (recently arrived enslaved men and women). Previously, the men and women who died in the barracks had … Continue reading

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Links on a Wednesday

- August newsletter of the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami – “While Freitas thumbed through those records, Bastos was warning of a future in which some music might disappear unnoticed. Most of the American and British records … Continue reading

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A large group of men and women around a man and a woman dancing c. 1900-1920 Photograph George Ranch Museum Collection, University of North Texas Libraries

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An Havana Cafe, Interior, Havana, Cuba c. 1898-1931 Postcard Wallach Division, Photography Collection, New York Public Library

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