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Key to the New WorldA History of Early Colonial Cuba$
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Luis Martínez-Fernández

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781683400325

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683400325.001.0001

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Deceivingly Sweet

Deceivingly Sweet

Sugar, Slavery, and Resistance

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Key to the New World

Luis Martínez-Fernández

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the nature of the sugar plantation as a distinctive socio-economic system characterized by the sugar and slavery binomial. It also discusses slave and free black resistance to that system. The emergence of Cuba’s first sugar plantations, I argue, while transformative, did not turn the island upside down (or right side up), as was the case in islands such as Barbados. That said, Cuba’s early “sugar revolt” had the same kind of injurious repercussions of “sugar revolutions” throughout the region: the expansion of African slavery and manifold destructive, even evil, economic and social ramifications.

Keywords:   Slaves, slavery, Sugar, resistance, free blacks, Plantations, Economy

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