The Slave Soldiers of Spanish South America: From Independence to Abolition

TitleThe Slave Soldiers of Spanish South America: From Independence to Abolition
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBrown, Christopher Leslie
EditorMorgan, Philip D., and Peter Blanchard
Book TitleArming Slaves: From Classical Times to the Modern Age
Pagination255 - 273
PublisherYale University Press
CityNew Haven, CT
Abstract

In the 1850s, the wars of independence and the recruitment of slaves as combatants almost culminated in the end of slavery in what had been Spanish South America. Throughout the continent slaves were involved in the military process, helping to gain freedom for their nations and weakening the very institution that kept them in chains. Slave recruitment suggested the gravity of the situation, reversing a longstanding policy that prohibited the arming of this sector of the population. This chapter examines the role of slave soldiers in the fight for independence in Spanish South America and in the eventual abolition of slavery.

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