From the emergence of the first sugar plantations up until 1873, when slavery was abolished, the wealth amassed by many landowners in Puerto Rico derived mainly from the exploitation of slaves. But slavery generated its antithesis: disobedience, conspiracies, uprisings, and flight. ""Slave Revolts in Puerto Rico"" is a richly documented volume dealing with these expressions of collective resistance. The image of the docile and submissive slave presented by the prevailing historiography until very recently is no longer valid. Documents uncovered by Guillermo A. Baralt provide evidence of over forty uprising attempts, which are detailed in this fascinating book.
Guillermo A. Baralt, University of Puerto Rico, is author of Buena Vista: Life and Work on a Puerto Rican Hacienda, 1833-1904. Christine Ayorinde's translations from Spanish include Afro-Cuban Religions by Miguel Barnet (Markus Wiener, 2001) and Afro-Cuban Myths by Romulo Lachatanere (Markus Wiener, 2005).
"Baralt has relied extensively on Puerto Rican archives.... Many of the descriptions of various rebellions are drawn entirely from archival material and hence constitute new data on nineteenth-century Puerto Rican slavery." Hispanic American Historical Review"
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