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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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. Slavery and Family Life

. Slavery and Family Life

(p.85) 4. Slavery and Family Life
Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

Gloria García Rodríguez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents excerpts from the proceedings against Ildefonso Carabali, a slave owned by Don Diego Francisco de Unzaga, for attempted suicide. A female neighbor complained that the slave Carabali had molested her little black chinita, which made her fear dire consequences. Don Diego, in turn, resolved to apprehend his slave and forcibly detain him with the help of some of his other slaves. They struggled with Carabali, who was brandishing the sharp tool he had been using to dress deer leather. In the meantime, the master became apprehensive lest some other calamity came to pass. He urged everyone to remain calm while awaiting the arrival of the sentry from Puerta de Tierra, whose commander had been alerted as to the situation. Before help could arrive, Carabali emerged from the common room, wounded.

Keywords:   Ildefonso Carabali, attempted suicide, black chinita, deer leather

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