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Extending the FrontiersEssays on the New Transatlantic Slave Trade Database$
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David Eltis and David Richardson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300134360

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300134360.001.0001

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The African Origins of Slaves Arriving in Cuba, 1789–1865

The African Origins of Slaves Arriving in Cuba, 1789–1865

(p.176) Chapter 6 The African Origins of Slaves Arriving in Cuba, 1789–1865
Extending the Frontiers

Oscar Grandío Moráguez

Yale University Press

This chapter traces the connections of the African origins of slaves arriving in Cuba and the origin of the Afro-Cuban population. Africans in Cuba were not brought en masse from a culturally unified African continent, and their ethnic traditions were neither totally lost in transit nor retained merely as submerged fragments. New estimates of the African origin of slaves arriving in Cuba between 1790 and 1867 were generated when the island received over 95 percent of all Africans estimated to have arrived in Cuba. The slave trade along the African coast was dominated by a few embarkation points, although the identity of these ports changed slowly over time. The data provided in this chapter also underline wide disparities among the eight traditionally defined African regions in the supply of slaves to Cuban slave markets between 1789 and 1865.

Keywords:   African origins, slaves, Cuba, Afro-Cuban population, slave trade, ports, Cuban slave markets

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