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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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Captain General Luis de las Casas

Son notorias a todo el público las sabias medidas que ha tomado S.E. para promover todos los ramos de la felicidad pública; ya persiguiendo con severa templanza a los vagos, ociosos jugadores y gentes de mal vivir, de cuya sentina … Continue reading

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Catedral, La Habana

The crispness of these colors! And to see horse carriages in the Plaza de la Catedral. Catedral, la Habana William Henry Jackson c. 1900 Photomechanical print Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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Copley & Havana

Watson and the Shark John Singleton Copley 1778 Oil on canvas National Gallery of Art From the National Gallery of Art site: ”John Singleton Copley’s Watson and the Shark was inspired by an event that took place in Havana, Cuba, in 1749. Fourteen-year-old Brook … Continue reading

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