Empire and antislavery: Spain, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, by Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

Empire and antislavery: Spain, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, by Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

By Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

In 1872, there have been greater than 300,000 slaves in Cuba and Puerto Rico. even though the Spanish executive had handed a legislation for slow abolition in 1870, slaveowners, fairly in Cuba, clung tenaciously to their slaves as unfree exertions was once on the center of the colonial economies. still, humans through the Spanish empire fought to abolish slavery, together with the Antillean and Spanish liberals and republicans who based the Spanish Abolitionist Society in 1865. This publication is an intensive research of the origins of the Abolitionist Society and its function within the destruction of Cuban and Puerto Rican slavery and the reshaping of colonial politics.

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86Source: Moreno Fraginals, El Ingenio, 3:75-77. "seigneurial" or "unable to fulfill the economic role of a modern imperial power" box the historical process into teleological narratives of modernity that gloss over the reshaping of the colonial project and diminish the powerful economic and political interests served by Spanish rule. 12 The Space of Antislavery Not only did Spanish colonial retrenchment facilitate the growth of Antillean slavery, it also paradoxically created new sites for antislavery and anticolonial initiatives.

Classic works such as Eric Williams's Capitalism and Slavery and Seymour Drescher's Capitalism and Antislavery seek to establish the relationship between European, primarily British, capitalist development and the demise of American slavery. 28 This study will try to straddle both models by looking at forms of ideology and political action, both in the metropolis and the colonies, and the impact of capitalist development in the Spanish colonial empire on the politics of slavery and antislavery.

2 Cuban planters reaped tremendous wealth from slave-produced sugar and continued to expand the slave system until it was politically nonviable. 3 The effort by the Spanish Abolitionist Society to abolish Cuban and Puerto Rican slavery met with massive resistance, both in the colonies and in Spain, as it threatened the very basis of economic and political hegemony within the imperial system. The origins of that challenge, and the goals and strategies adopted by metropolitan and colonial abolitionists, are the subject of this study.

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