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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 Promised Freedom

The Promised Freedom

Patronage and the Final Years of Coartación

(p.123) 7 The Promised Freedom
Wage-Earning Slaves

Claudia Varella

Manuel Barcia

University Press of Florida

An essential aspect of the process of abolishing slavery in Cuba was the need for the state to impose its will on the private master-slave sphere. There were other abolitionist projects too, based on coartación and the system of lotteries. More importantly, juntas, destined to oversee the emancipation of slaves, were created across the island. This chapter looks at the final years of Cuban slavery and how the status of coartados came under new threats, until the institution of slavery was finally abolished.

Keywords:   Cuban slavery, coartación, emancipation, abolitionist, juntas, coartados

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