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Rethinking Slave Rebellion in CubaLa Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844$
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Aisha K. Finch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622347

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622347.001.0001

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The 1843 Rebellions in Matanzas

The 1843 Rebellions in Matanzas

(p.79) Chapter Three The 1843 Rebellions in Matanzas
Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba

Aisha K. Finch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that the insurgent designs of 1844 grew out of a longer insurrectionary tradition in the rural plantation countryside. While slaves in rural Matanzas had unleashed destructive rebellions for close to two decades, the greatest concentration of these rebellions took place in the 1840s, culminating in the two slave insurrections of 1843—the Bemba and Triunvirato rebellions discussed in Chapter 2, which erupted in March and November 1843, respectively. The chapter explores the possibilities that insurgent rupture both opened up and closed off for women and men in nonleadership positions. As the smoke cleared, literally and figuratively, authorities began to discover plans for an even more encompassing rebellion that was intended to erupt in 1844.

Keywords:   Matanzas, rebellions, 1840s, 1843, Bemba rebellion, Triunvirato rebellion, insurrectionary tradition

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