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In 1812 a series of revolts known collectively as the Aponte Rebellion erupted across the island of Cuba, comprising one of the largest and most important slave insurrections in Caribbean history. Matt Childs provides the first in-depth analysis of the rebellion, situating it in local, colonial, imperial, and Atlantic World contexts.
Childs explains how slaves and free people of color responded to the nineteenth-century "sugar boom" in the Spanish colony by planning a rebellion against racial slavery and plantation agriculture. Striking alliances among free people of color and slaves, blacks and mulattoes, Africans and Creoles, and rural and urban populations, rebels were prompted to act by a widespread belief in rumors promising that emancipation was near. Taking further inspiration from the 1791 Haitian Revolution, rebels sought to destroy slavery in Cuba and perhaps even end Spanish rule. By comparing his findings to studies of slave insurrections in Brazil, Haiti, the British Caribbean, and the United States, Childs places the rebellion within the wider story of Atlantic World revolution and political change. The book also features a biographical table, constructed by Childs, of the more than 350 people investigated for their involvement in the rebellion, 34 of whom were executed.
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"By situating this first-ever study of the Cuban slave revolts of 1812 within the larger context of the Spanish empire, Childs reveals the Aponte rebels to be realists who acted upon news of abolitionist activities and black resistance elsewhere in the Atlantic world. A truly outstanding work that combines prodigious research with passion and imagination."--Douglas R. Egerton, author of Gabriel's Rebellion: The Virginia Slave Conspiracies of 1800 and 1802
Matt D. Childs is assistant professor of Caribbean history at Florida State University and coeditor of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World.
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Book Description The University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0807830585
Book Description The University of North Carolina Press, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0807830585