1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle Against Atlantic Slavery

ISBN-10: 0807857726

ISBN-13: 9780807857724

Edition: 2006

Authors: Matt D. Childs
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Description: 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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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00" wide x 6.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Worse than Aponte
The Present Time Period Is Very Delicate: Cuban Slavery and the Changing Atlantic World, 1750-1850
Nothing Worse in the World than to Be a Slave: Slaves and Free People of Color in Early Nineteenth-Century Cuba
Organizing the Rebellion: The Overlapping Worlds of the Militia and the Cabildos de Nacion
Burn the Plantations: The Cuban Aponte Rebellion(s) of 1812
Vanquish the Arrogance of Our Enemies: Emancipation Rumors and Rebellious Royalism
Conclusion: Plaques of Loyalty: The Legacy of the Aponte Rebellion
Biographical Database of the Aponte Rebels
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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