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

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Fernando VII in the Plaza de Armas

From Argel Calcines, on a neoclassical statue of Fernando VII, once placed in the Plaza de Armas: “Situada indistintamente a uno de los costados de la Plaza de Armas, donde fue erigida en 1834 y permaneció sobre su pedestal hasta … Continue reading

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Martí at the beach

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Links on a Thursday

- Nice essay on the 1964 film Soy Cuba: “The resulting film is an epic poem; a surreal critique of realities suffered before and confronted during the revolution. Kalatozov and his team sought to capture events as they unfolded, from … Continue reading

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Pablo Pacheco López, 1945-2014

I was just beginning my research when I first met Pacheco in 2003. He was then the director of the Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural Juan Marinello in Havana. A friend had suggested I meet with him as I tried to … Continue reading

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From the archive

It seems like an obvious thing to say, but reading about life in a slave society is heartbreaking. On March 5, 1818, the Havana town council discussed the proper disposal of those men and women who died aboard slave ships … Continue reading

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