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Prieto: Yorúbá Kingship in Colonial Cuba during the Age of Revolutions

Henry B. Lovejoy


This Atlantic world history centers on the life of Juan Nepomuceno Prieto (c. 1773–c. 1835), a member of the West African Yorùbá people enslaved and taken to Havana during the era of the Atlantic slave trade. Richly situating Prieto’s story within the context of colonial Cuba, Henry B. Lovejoy illuminates the vast process by which thousands of Yorùbá speakers were forced into life-and-death struggles in a strange land. In Havana, Prieto and most of the people of the Yorùbá diaspora were identified by the colonial authorities as Lucumí. Prieto’s evolving identity becomes the fascinating fulcrum ... More

Keywords: Yoruba Diaspora, Santería, Age of Revolutions, Slavery, cabildos, Lucumí, Oyo, inter-Caribbean slave trade

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469645391
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469645391.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry B. Lovejoy, author
University of Colorado, Boulder