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Indigenous Passages to Cuba, 1515-1900$
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Jason M. Yaremko

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062808

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062808.001.0001

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Yucatec Mayas, Transnational Resistance, and the Quotidian struggles of Indentured Labor in Cuba, 1848–1864

Yucatec Mayas, Transnational Resistance, and the Quotidian struggles of Indentured Labor in Cuba, 1848–1864

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(p.119) 5 Yucatec Mayas, Transnational Resistance, and the Quotidian struggles of Indentured Labor in Cuba, 1848–1864
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Indigenous Passages to Cuba, 1515-1900
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Jason M. Yaremko

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813062808.003.0006

Chapter 5 examines the perpetuation of the Maya diaspora in the nineteenth century, focusing on one of the largest single waves of Mayas to come to Cuba during the late colonial period. The Caste War of Yucatan or Maya rebellion initiated another in a series of conflagrations in the peninsula, the repercussions of which were soon felt in Cuba as several thousand Mayas were once again forcibly transported to the island colony to remove the indigenous threat for both the Mexican and state governments, and provide badly-needed labor for Cuban planters. As petitions and police and court documents attest, whether as prisoners of war, indentured labor, or voluntary immigrants, Mayas in Cuba were neither passive nor invariably subservient, making active use, for example, of Spanish labor laws for the protection of themselves and their families.

Keywords:   Cuba, Mayas, Mexico, Caste War, indigenous, indentured labor

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