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The Occupation of HavanaWar, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World$
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Elena A. Schneider

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469645353

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469645353.001.0001

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Spanish Reoccupation

Spanish Reoccupation

New Beginnings upon Havana’s Return

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The Occupation of Havana

Elena A. Schneider

University of North Carolina Press

The final section of the book moves across the fifty years after the occupation, exploring Spain’s efforts to reconstitute its authority in Havana and the many reverberations of the occupation throughout broader Atlantic and global systems. The actions of individuals in Cuba during this crucial episode of fighting and occupying revised understandings in the metropole that would go on to shape new policies with global ramifications. The exemplary service of black soldiers in defending Cuba from attack helped to convince the Spanish state of the “utility” of Africans for achieving its imperial ambitions and the wisdom of procuring, on its own, more populations of African descent for its overseas colonies. In addition, disloyalty among elites during the occupation convinced Spain that the way to tie the island better to its sovereign was to make more enslaved Africans available to these eager buyers.

Keywords:   Reform, Treason trial, Scapegoat, War hero, Black soldiers, Slave soldiers, Slave trade

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