- The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas
- List of Contributors
- Slavery in the Americas
- Spanish Hispaniola and Puerto Rico
- Mexico and Central America
- Spanish South American Mainland
- British West Indies and Bermuda
- Dutch Caribbean
- French Caribbean
- Colonial and Revolutionary United States
- Early Republic and Antebellum United States
- The Transatlantic Slave Trade
- The Origins of Slavery in the Americas
- Biology and African Slavery
- Indian Slavery
- Race and Slavery
- Class and Slavery
- Religion and Slavery
- Proslavery Ideology
- United States Slave Law
- Slave Resistance
- Slave Culture
- The Economics of Slavery
- Gender and Slavery
- Abolition and Antislavery
- Slavery and the Haitian Revolution
- Internal Slave Trades
- Demography and Slavery
- Comparative Slavery
- Finding Slave Voices
- Archaeology and Slavery
- Post‐Emancipation Adjustments
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This article reviews scholarship on the history and historiography of slavery in Cuba. In the sixteenth-century, Africans crossed the Atlantic and accompanied Diego Velésquez and other Spanish conquistadors in the first expeditions sent to subjugate Cuba. Africans served in post-conquest Cuba as enslaved assistants to powerful military and political officials or as domestic servants. During the nineteenth-century heyday of plantation slavery, Cuban social and political life centred on the master-slave relation. Foreign capital and foreign political pressure — British abolitionism and United States annexationism, for example — began to shape Cuban slavery beyond the contours of Spanish colonialism alone. The transatlantic slave trade lasted longer to Cuba than to any other New World slave society with final abolition coming only in 1867.
Matt D. Childs is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina.
Manuel Barcia lectures in Latin American Studies at the University of Leeds.
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