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

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

Lisa Surwillo


Transatlantic reports have began to discover the lasting impact of Spain on its former colonies and the surviving ties among the yankee countries and Spain. In Monsters by way of exchange, Lisa Surwillo takes a distinct procedure, explaining how glossy Spain used to be actually made via its Cuban colony. lengthy after the transatlantic slave exchange were abolished, Spain persisted to smuggle millions of Africans every year to Cuba to paintings the sugar plantations. approximately a 3rd of the royal source of revenue got here from Cuban sugar, and those gains underwrote Spain's modernization whilst they broken its overseas standing.

Surwillo analyzes a sampling of nineteenth-century Spanish literary works that mirrored metropolitan fears of the carry that slave investors (and the slave financial system extra quite often) had over the political, cultural, and monetary networks of strength. She additionally examines how the nineteenth-century empire and the function of the slave dealer are venerated in modern tourism and literature in a variety of areas in Northern Spain. this is often the 1st publication to illustrate the centrality of not only Cuba, however the illicit transatlantic slave exchange to the cultural lifetime of glossy Spain.

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