The 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle against Atlantic Slavery

TitleThe 1812 Aponte Rebellion in Cuba and the Struggle against Atlantic Slavery
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsChilds, Matt
Number of Pages311
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press
CityChapel Hill

In 1812 a series of revolts known collectively as the Aponte Rebellion erupted across the island of Cuba, comprising one of the largest and most important slave insurrections in Caribbean history. Childs provides the first in-depth analysis of the rebellion, situating it in local, colonial, imperial, and Atlantic World contexts. He explains how slaves and free people of color responded to the 19th-century "sugar boom" in the Spanish colony by planning a rebellion against racial slavery and plantation agriculture. Striking alliances among free people of color and slaves, blacks and mulattoes, Africans and Creoles, and rural and urban populations, rebels were prompted to act by a widespread belief in rumors promising that emancipation was near. Taking further inspiration from the 1791 Haitian Revolution, rebels sought to destroy slavery in Cuba and perhaps even end Spanish rule.

Reprint EditionFull text available through JSTOR. Translation: La Rebelión de Aponte de 1812 en Cuba y la lucha contra la esclavitud atlántica, trans. Hebert Pérez Concepción (Santiago de Cuba: Editorial Oriente, 2011)
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