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Wage-Earning Slaves: Coartación in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

Claudia Varella and Manuel Barcia


Wage-Earning Slaves is the first systematic study of coartación, a process by which slaves worked toward purchasing their freedom in installments, long recognized as a distinctive feature of certain areas under Spanish colonial rule in the nineteenth century. Focusing on Cuba, this book reveals that instead of providing a “path to manumission,” the process was often rife with obstacles that blocked slaves from achieving liberty. Claudia Varella and Manuel Barcia trace the evolution of coartación in the context of urban and rural settings, documenting the lived experiences of slaves through pri ... More

Keywords: Cuba, coartación, coartados, Spanish colonial rule, freedom, wage-earning slaves, manumission, urban and rural slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781683401650
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Varella, author
International University of La Rioja

Manuel Barcia, author
University of Leeds