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Amistad's OrphansAn Atlantic Story of Children, Slavery, and Smuggling$
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Benjamin N Lawrance

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198454

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198454.001.0001

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The Enslavements of Amistad’s Orphans

The Enslavements of Amistad’s Orphans

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Amistad's Orphans
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Benjamin N. Lawrance

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300198454.003.0003

This chapter examines, from the perspective of the enslaved child, the incremental processes that immediately followed the children's initial enslavement, resulting in their imprisonment in the barracoons of the Galinhas region. Amistad's orphans experienced various acts of enslavement spanning a decade, starting in the Galinhas region, continuing with their exchange to European slave traders, and concluding in mid-nineteenth century Cuba. The accounts of Amistad's orphans demonstrate that the paths to slavery for children were often more limited than for adults, particularly during the period of the illegal slave trade between Galinhas and Cuba. The chapter also discusses how the changing nature of slavery in Cuba prompted the rise of the percentage of children in illegal slave cargoes entering Cuban ports.

Keywords:   Amistad's orphans, child enslavement, barracoons, Galinhas region, European slave trade, Cuba, slavery

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