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Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century CubaA Documentary History$
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Gloria Garcia Rodriguez

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832189

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877678_garcia_rodriguez

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. Toward a New Slave Code

. Toward a New Slave Code

(p.74) 3. Toward a New Slave Code
Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

Gloria García Rodríguez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on a survey conducted by Captain General Geronimo Valdes for the purpose of devising an effective system that would be acceptable for the health and well-being of those slave populations destined for service on rural farms, compatible with their proper management and growth, and which took into consideration the servitors' health and reproduction while performing a fair day's work for their masters. This survey addressed the issue of whether or not the health and nutrition of slaves was better served by the existing practice of issuing unprepared rations or by issuing food that had already been prepared and was ready to eat at predetermined times. In either of these cases, it was necessary to determine the type and quantity of viands and meat that must be provided to slaves and the seasons of the year in which it was appropriate to discontinue the use of dried corn, which commonly caused dysentery.

Keywords:   survey, Geronimo Valdes, slave populations, rural farms, servitor, unprepared rations

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