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American Civil WarsThe United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Crisis of the 1860s$
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Don H. Doyle

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469631097

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631097.001.0001

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Cuba, the Atlantic Crisis of the 1860s, and the Road to Abolition

Cuba, the Atlantic Crisis of the 1860s, and the Road to Abolition

(p.204) Chapter Ten Cuba, the Atlantic Crisis of the 1860s, and the Road to Abolition
American Civil Wars

Matt D. Childs

University of North Carolina Press

Matt D. Childs’s essay shows how two key external events set the stage for abolition in Cuba. The Lyons-Seward Treaty of 1862 between the United States and Britain banned participation by U.S. citizens in the Atlantic slave trade. An antislavery movement in Madrid pressured Spain to end its involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade as well, which meant an end to the replenishment of Cuba’s slave population. Then, in 1868, the revolutionary independence movement that began the Ten Years’ War promised freedom to slaves who joined the cause. In 1870, Spain countered with its own emancipation plan by promising freedom to all slaves who fought for Spain and to all children born to slave mothers.

Keywords:   Lyons-Seward Treaty, slavery, slave trade, Ten Years’ War

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