From the Galleons to the Highlands
360 pages, 6 x 9
1 halftone, 2 maps, 1 graph, 9 tables
Release Date:01 May 2020
Release Date:01 May 2020

From the Galleons to the Highlands

Slave Trade Routes in the Spanish Americas

University of New Mexico Press

The essays in this book demonstrate the importance of transatlantic and intra-American slave trafficking in the development of colonial Spanish America, highlighting the Spanish colonies' previously underestimated significance within the broader history of the slave trade. Spanish America received African captives not only directly via the transatlantic slave trade but also from slave markets in the Portuguese, English, Dutch, French, and Danish Americas, ultimately absorbing more enslaved Africans than any other imperial jurisdiction in the Americas except Brazil. The contributors focus on the histories of slave trafficking to, within, and across highly diverse regions of Spanish America throughout the entire colonial period, with themes ranging from the earliest known transatlantic slaving voyages during the sixteenth century to the evolution of antislavery efforts within the Spanish empire. Students and scholars will find the comprehensive study and analysis in From the Galleons to the Highlands invaluable in examining the study of the slave trade to colonial Spanish America.

This volume will be a reference for scholars interested in empirical reassessments of slave trading and routes of passage to Spanish America. Many of these chapters will fit easily into a standard college curriculum.'--Norah L. A. Gharala, Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
Beyond the implications for understanding Atlantic slavery, From the Galleons to the Highlands sets a model for reevaluating one of the central 'branches' of the transatlantic slave trade and establishes a precedent for further investigation of the intra-slave trade among the various other empires that drove this trafficking of humans.'--William A. Morgan, H-LatAm
As the text more than adequately proves, much can be gained by including the experiences of colonial Spain within the larger transnational histories of the Atlantic slave trade. . . . This is an important book that will be of value to a variety of scholars and their students. Highly recommended.'--J. Rankin, Choice
[This book] is an important contribution to the growing literature on the Atlantic World. The contributors explore the labor and intellectual role of enslaved and free Africans in the organization of colonial towns and economies in the Spanish Empire.'--Mariana P. Candido, author of An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and Its Hinterland
Alex Borucki is an associate professor of history at the University of California Irvine and the author of From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in the Río de la Plata (UNM Press). David Eltis is the Robert W. Woodruff Emeritus Professor of History at Emory University and the author of The Rise of African Slavery in the Americas. David Wheat is an associate professor of history at Michigan State University and the author of Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640.

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Atlantic History and the Slave Trade to Spanish America
Alex Borucki, David Eltis, and David Wheat
Chapter One. The Size and Direction of the Slave Trade to the Spanish Americas
Alex Borucki, David Eltis, and David Wheat
Chapter Two. The Early Iberian Slave Trade to the Spanish Caribbean, 1500-1580
Marc Eagle and David Wheat
Chapter Three. The Slave Trade to Colonial Mexico: Revising from Puebla de los Ángeles, 1590-1640
Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva
Chapter Four. West Central Africans in the Province of Guatemala, 1605-1655
Paul Lokken
Chapter Five. Slave Trading in Antequera and Interregional Slave Traffic in New Spain, 1680-1710
Sabrina Smith
Chapter Six. Securing Subjecthood: Free and Enslaved Economies within the Pacific Slave Trade
Rachel Sarah O'Toole
Chapter Seven. From Asiento to Spanish Networks: Slave Trading in the Río de la Plata, 1700-1810
Alex Borucki
Chapter Eight. The Rise and Fall of the Cuban Slave Trade: New Data, New Paradigms
David Eltis and Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez
Chapter Nine. Reassessing the Slave Trade to Cuba, 1790-1820
Jorge Felipe-Gonzalez
Chapter Ten. Routes into Eighteenth-Century Cuban Slavery: African Diaspora and Geopolitics
Elena Schneider
Chapter Eleven. Early Spanish Antislavery and the Abolition of the Slave Trade to Spanish America
Emily Berquist Soule

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