The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle against Atlantic Slavery

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Jan 5, 2009 - History - 320 pages
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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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Contents

Cuban Slavery and the Changing Atlantic World 17501850
21
Slaves and Free People of Color in Early NinteenthCentury Cuba
46
The Overlapping Worlds of the Militia and the Cabildos de Nación
78
The Cuban Aponte Rebellions of 1812
120
Emancipation Rumors and Rebellious Royalism
155
Plaques of Loyalty The Legacy of the Aponte Rebellion
173
Biographical Database of the Aponte Rebels
189
NOTES
207
BIBLIOGRAPHY
261
INDEX
289
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About the author (2009)

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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