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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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. The Labor Relations of Coartado Slaves

. The Labor Relations of Coartado Slaves

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(p.136) 6. The Labor Relations of Coartado Slaves
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Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba
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Gloria García Rodríguez

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877678_garcia_rodriguez.11

This chapter presents excerpts from the suit against Jose Antonio Aviles Congo, who could not pay his mistress the day wages that he owed her. Congo explains the circumstances thus: A stranger, a moreno with a full beard, apparently English, purchased half a dozen pairs of shoes from him for a total of nine reals and then did not pay for them. The deponent recalled that the aforementioned black man had told him that he was a cook on the English vessel Ponton. Antonio set out with two men in a small pilot boat for the ship in question. There were many blacks on the ship's deck, but the deponent did not understand what any of them were saying. The deponent then begged the white captain of the ship to take him back ashore and intervene on his behalf with his mistress.

Keywords:   day wages, Moreno, English vessel, Ponton

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