Slavery & Antislavery in Spain's Atlantic Empire

European Expansion & Global Interaction Band 9

Josep M. Schmidt-Nowara, Christopher Fradera

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"[I]nnovative, well-organized, thoroughly-researched, and engagingly written collection. All contributions are informed by the most recent relevant historiographies as well as by pertinent theoretical literature. The book represents an original and significant contribution to an under-studied topic: the history of slavery, plantation slavery, and abolitionism in the Spanish imperial system." · Jesus Cruz, University of Delaware

"[A]n important and timely volume, with an all-star cast of contributors from many countries, each approaching the topic of Spanish abolitionism from a different angle." · Kris Lane, Tulane University

"This is an outstanding volume that addresses and analyses a significant set of questions in the history of slavery and the history of colonial and post-independence Latin America...The editors and authors deal eloquently and effectively with the current concepts and methodologies in slavery and Ibero-American studies." · William D. Phillips, Jr., University of Minnesota

African slavery was pervasive in Spain's Atlantic empire yet remained in the margins of the imperial economy until the end of the eighteenth century when the plantation revolution in the Caribbean colonies put the slave traffic and the plantation at the center of colonial exploitation and conflict. The international group of scholars brought together in this volume explain Spain's role as a colonial pioneer in the Atlantic world and its latecomer status as a slave-trading, plantation-based empire. These contributors map the broad contours and transformations of slave-trafficking, the plantation, and antislavery in the Hispanic Atlantic while also delving into specific topics that include: the institutional and economic foundations of colonial slavery; the law and religion; the influences of the Haitian Revolution and British abolitionism; antislavery and proslavery movements in Spain; race and citizenship; and the business of the illegal slave trade.

Josep M. Fradera is Professor of History at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the author of La nación imperial. Derechos, representación y ciudadanía en los imperios de Gran Bretaña, Francia, España y los Estados Unidos (2015).

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara was Professor of History and Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture & Civilization at Tufts University. He was at work on a translation and edition of Joseph Blanco White's Bosquexo del comercio en esclavos.

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara (1966-2015) was Professor of History and Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture & Civilization at Tufts University.  He was at work on a translation and edition of Joseph Blanco White’s Bosquexo del comercio en esclavos.


Einband Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.12.2015
Verlag Ingram Publishers Services
Seitenzahl 340
Maße (L/B/H) 22.9/15.2/1.8 cm
Gewicht 496 g
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-78533-026-1


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  • Introduction: Colonial Pioneer, Plantation Latecomer
    Josep M. Fradera and Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

    Chapter 1. The Slave Trade in the Spanish Empire (1501-1808): The Shift from Periphery to Center
    Josep M. Delgado

    Chapter 2. The Portuguese Missionaries and Early Modern Antislavery
    Luiz Felipe de Alencastro

    Chapter 3. The Economic Role of Slavery in a Non-Slave Society: The River Plate, 1750-1860
    Juan Carlos Garavaglia

    Chapter 4. Slaves and the Creation of Legal Rights in Cuba: Coartación and Papel (reprinted from Hispanic American Historical Review)
    Alejandro de la Fuente

    Chapter 5. Cuban Slavery and Atlantic Antislavery (reprinted from Review: A Journal of the Fernand Braudel Center)
    Ada Ferrer

    Chapter 6. Wilberforce Spanished: Joseph Blanco White and Spanish Antislavery, 1808-1814
    Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

    Chapter 7. Spanish Merchants and the Slave Trade: From Legality to Illegality, 1814-1870
    Martín Rodrigo

    Chapter 8. The Amistad: Ramón Ferrer, Cuba, and the Transatlantic Dimensions of Slaving and Contraband Trade
    Michael Zeuske

    Chapter 9. Antislavery before Abolitionism: Networks and Motives in Early Liberal Barcelona, 1833-1844
    Albert Garcia Balañà

    Chapter 10. Moments in a Postponed Abolition
    Josep M. Fradera

    Chapter 11. From Empires of Slaves to Empires of Antislavery
    Seymour Drescher