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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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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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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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Dobo: A Liberated African in Nineteenth-Century Havana

“The story of one of the Africans on board the Fingal, a ten-year old boy named Dobo, illustrates the difficulties emancipados faced living under Spanish jurisdiction. Dobo’s story, or Gabino as he was renamed after his arrival in Cuba, is … Continue reading

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Luca Martino

LUCA MARTINO: is about 45, and has been thirty-one years in Havannah. Is brother to Miguel Marino. Was brought from Lagos on board a Spanish vessel, which, almost immediately after it had sailed, was captured by a British cruiser. The … Continue reading

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María Luisa

Fugó de la casa de su ama el dia 21 de febrero, una negra nombrada María Luisa, como de 32 años, alta, flaca, los dientes picados á carabalí, habla el francés y el español, se sabe que suele llevar licencia … Continue reading

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