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Published: 11/2018
Subject: Business and Economics
Pages: 264
Hardcover Price: $29.95

eBook Price: $9.95

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This Atlantic world history centers on the life of Juan Nepomuceno Prieto (c. 1773Ðc. 1835), a member of the West African Yorb‡ people enslaved and taken to Havana during the era of the Atlantic slave trade. Richly situating PrietoÕs story within the context of colonial Cuba, Henry B. Lovejoy illuminates the vast process by which thousands of Yorb‡ speakers were forced into life-and-death struggles in a strange land. In Havana, Prieto and most of the people of the Yorb‡ diaspora were identified by the colonial authorities as Lucum’. PrietoÕs evolving identity becomes the fascinating fulcrum of the book. Drafted as an enslaved soldier for Spain, Prieto achieved self-manumission while still in the military. Rising steadily in his dangerous new world, he became the religious leader of HavanaÕs most famous Lucum’ cabildo, where he contributed to the development of the Afro-Cuban religion of Santer’a. Then he was arrested on suspicion of fomenting slave rebellion. Trial testimony shows that he fell ill, but his ultimate fate is unknown.

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