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Monsters by Trade: Slave Traffickers in Modern Spanish Literature and Culture

Lisa Surwillo


In 1808, the transatlantic slave trade began its transformation from a legal to an illegal enterprise. Although Spain signed a series of treaties outlawing the slave trade in the first third of the nineteenth century, it brought more men and women from Africa to Cuba as slaves between 1808 and 1865 than it had to all of Spanish America during the previous three hundred years. The Spanish population living in the metropolis was not ignorant of their nation’s slaving practices that fueled the sugar boom that financed liberal Spain’s modernization. Spain was-and remains-conflicted over its transg ... More

Keywords: Spain, Cuba, slavery, slave trade, coloniality, empire, Galdós, Baroja, emigration, Blanco White

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804788793
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804788793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Surwillo, author
Stanford University