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date: 10 December 2018

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This article focuses on the historiography of emancipation in Latin America. Latin American independence was part of a widespread challenge to European colonialism in the Americas beginning in the late eighteenth century with the American Revolution. Historians now recognize that slavery and emancipation were central issues in the struggles over empire and independence. To understand how anti-colonial rebellions in the Iberian world undermined slavery and set the stage for emancipation, it is important to look at them in relation to the earlier wars of independence that transformed the British and the French Atlantic empires.

Keywords: freedom, slavery, slaves, Latin America, European colonialism, independence

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