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Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean : Life and Times of a British Family in Nineteenth Century Havana - Luis Martinez-Fernandez

Fighting Slavery in the Caribbean

Life and Times of a British Family in Nineteenth Century Havana

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1998
ISBN: 9780765602473
Number Of Pages: 240
For Ages: 18 years old

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This volume presents a social history of life in mid-19th-century Cuba as experienced by George Backhouse (and his wife, Grace), who served on the British Havana Mixed Commission for the Suppression of the Slave Trade. Documented with extracts from the Backhouse's correspondence, diaries and other contemporary papers, Martinez-Fernandez paints a detailed picture of the Cuban slave trade, its role in the sugar industry, and the interrelated contradictions within Cuba's economy, society and politics. The Backhouse story provides addition al insights into important aspects of life in the "male" city of Havana, social antagonisms between Britons and North Americans, interactions with European social circles, religious tension, and the reality of tropical disease. Drama is added to the narrative in the author's description of the tragic and mysterious murder of George Backhouse in August 1855, possibly the result of a slave traders' conspiracy.

Havana Bound
Settling in the Tropics
The Mixed Commission and Cuba's Emancipados
Life in "a Male City"
Leisure and Pleasure
Protestants in Roman Catholic Cuba
A Land Flowing in Milk and Pestilence
The Return Home
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ISBN: 9780765602473
ISBN-10: 0765602474
Series: Latin American Realities (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 31st January 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.98  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.49