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Arming SlavesFrom Classical Times to the Modern Age$
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Christopher Leslie Brown and Philip D. Morgan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300109009

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300109009.001.0001

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Armed Slaves and Anticolonial Insurgency in Late Nineteenth-Century Cuba

Armed Slaves and Anticolonial Insurgency in Late Nineteenth-Century Cuba

(p.304) Armed Slaves and Anticolonial Insurgency in Late Nineteenth-Century Cuba
Arming Slaves

Ada Ferrer

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The first war for Cuban independence began on October 10, 1868, when creole elites led by Carlos Manuel de Céspedes decided to challenge the Spanish colonial regime by granting freedom to slaves and urging them to help “conquer liberty and independence” for Cuba. This declaration highlighted the primary connection between slavery and the process of national liberation, between armed slaves and anticolonial insurgency. The arming of slaves by contending political camps gave rise to the use of the armed slave as a symbolic figure in colonial and anticolonial discourse. This chapter examines two aspects of the revolutionary arming of slaves in late nineteenth-century Cuba: the military and discursive mobilization in support of independence from Spain. It considers the limits and contradictions of this dual process in the context of anticolonialism.

Keywords:   war, Cuba, independence, anticolonialism, slaves, slavery, armed slaves, insurgency, mobilization, Spain

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