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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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The Path to Abolition

The Path to Abolition

Síndicos, Coartados, and the Presence of the State

(p.49) 3 The Path to Abolition
Wage-Earning Slaves

Claudia Varella

Manuel Barcia

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on the figure of the legal representatives of the slaves, or síndico. Due to new regulations issued in 1840, the work of the síndicos was be limited to cases of manumission or emancipation and complaints made by slaves against their masters. The ability to take on more complex cases, or other types of cases in general, would require the written permission of either owners or judges. Síndicos were also given the authority to intervene and represent slaves surrendered to the court in lieu of damages. This chapter explores how the role changed over the years and to what extent síndicos were key players in the story of coartación during this period.

Keywords:   emancipation, coartación, síndicos, manumission, slaves, court

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