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The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World

Elena A. Schneider

Abstract

In 1762, British forces mobilized more than 230 ships and 26,000 soldiers, sailors, and enslaved Africans to attack Havana, one of the wealthiest and most populous ports in the Americas. They met fierce resistance. Spanish soldiers and local militias in Cuba, along with enslaved Africans who were promised freedom, held off the enemy for six suspenseful weeks. In the end, the British prevailed, but more lives were lost in the invasion and subsequent eleven-month British occupation of Havana than during the entire Seven Years’ War in North America. The Occupation of Havana offers a nuanced and p ... More

Keywords: Colonialism, Slavery, Slave trade, Havana, Cuba, Age of Revolutions, Siege, Empire, Invasion, Occupation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469645353
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469645353.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elena A. Schneider, author
University of California, Berkeley