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Wage-Earning SlavesCoartación in Nineteenth-Century Cuba$
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Claudia Varella and Manuel Barcia

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401650

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401650.001.0001

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An Institution for the Advancement of Slaves into Freedmen?

An Institution for the Advancement of Slaves into Freedmen?

Understanding Cuban Laws about Coartación

(p.31) 2 An Institution for the Advancement of Slaves into Freedmen?
Wage-Earning Slaves

Claudia Varella

Manuel Barcia

University Press of Florida

The main objective of hired slaves was to have their price of coartación set at a low amount. The higher the price of coartación, the more money they would have to turn over to their owners, although the portion of wages that either party might hold back was inconsistent. Generally speaking, agreements were made after private negotiations, and adjustments badly regulated. Coartados’ personal earnings were reduced by the percentage they were obliged to pay to their masters during their coartación period; in other words, they had to pay a kind of “interest” on their masters’ investment. This chapter explains the legal dispersal of coartación and how the jurisprudence of the time worked.

Keywords:   coartados, Coartación, money, legal, hired slaves

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