The majority of the people in Ingenio are the descendants of enslaved Africans brought to Peru on ships more than three centuries ago. This chapter explores why this history of chattel slavery is not central to Ingenio identity. The relative unimportance of slavery in the regional economy has meant that chattel slavery has not endured as part of the townspeople's collective memory. This represents a significant counterpoint to diaspora scholarship that points to the importance of slavery in defining blackness in Latin America as well as studies that place cultural and class differences at the center of racial discourses in the region.
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