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The Virgin, the king, and the royal slaves of El Cobre : negotiating freedom in colonial Cuba, 1670-1780

Author: María Elena Díaz
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2000.
Series: Cultural sitings.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book tells the extraordinary story of a village of peasants and miners in late-seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Cuba who were slaves belonging to the King of Spain, and whose local patroness was a miraculous image of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre. In reconstructing this history, the book reveals that in Cuba's eastern region, slavery to the King became a very ambiguous form of slavery that evolved into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Virgen de La Caridad.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: María Elena Díaz
ISBN: 0804737185 9780804737180 080474713X 9780804747134
OCLC Number: 43936863
Description: xviii, 440 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: From African Slaves to Creole Royal Slaves: Demographic and Cultural Transformations --
Slavery to the King: Shaping Social Identity --
An Unusual Proposal --
The Virgin in Local History --
Remaking a Marian Tradition --
A Mainly Farming Village --
Owning Personal Slaves: An Extreme Instance of the Right to Property and to Familial Legacies --
Copper Mining: A Small, Independent, and Predominately Female Local Industry --
The Unbreachable Burdens of Bondage: Laboring as the King's Slaves --
Local Government and Politics --
Reaching the King: Colonial Courts and Politics.
Series Title: Cultural sitings.
Responsibility: María Elena Díaz.
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