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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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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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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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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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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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Otra de las diversiones mas apetecidas de los Habaneros es el bayle

Me encanta leer las descripciones de la historia del baile en la Habana. Aquí hay una del Viajero universal, publicado por Pedro Estala en 1798. Según Carlos Trelles, Buenaventura Pascual Ferrer fue el autor del capítulo sobre La Habana que empieza el volumen … Continue reading

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Calles de la Habana from 1934

What does one do on a holiday? Why, look through viewbooks of 19th and 20th century Cuba digitized by the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami, of course! Of the thirty-five books available online, a large number offer pristine … Continue reading

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Religious objects of a 19th century Yoruba home in Havana

Ever wonder about the ritual objects kept by a Lucumí (Yoruba) man in nineteenth-century Havana? The historian Henry Lovejoy writes that, in 1835, colonial Spanish officials arrested the leader of the Cabildo Changó Tedún, known as Juan Nepomuceno Prieto (a retired … Continue reading

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