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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 Its Legal Regulation The Slave Code

. Slavery and Its Legal Regulation The Slave Code

(p.47) 1. Slavery and Its Legal Regulation The Slave Code
Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba

Gloria García Rodríguez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents the king's royal decree and instructional circular for the Indies on the education, treatment, and work regimen of slaves. One of the main points in the decree is regarding the proper instruction of slaves. All slaveholders, of whatever class and condition, would be obligated to instruct their slaves in the tenets of the Catholic religion and in its necessary truths in order that they could be baptized within one year of their residence in the king's dominions, ensuring that they were properly instructed in Christian doctrine on all religious holidays, on which they would be neither obliged nor permitted to work for themselves nor for their owners, excepting harvesttime, when it was customary to grant special dispensations to work on holidays.

Keywords:   royal decree, instructional circular, work regimen, slaves, Catholic religion, Christian doctrine

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