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 reviews have began to discover the lasting effect of Spain on its former colonies and the surviving ties among the yankee countries and Spain. In Monsters via alternate, Lisa Surwillo takes a distinct method, explaining how glossy Spain was once actually made by means of its Cuban colony. lengthy after the transatlantic slave alternate 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 earnings underwrote Spain's modernization at the same time 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 in most cases) had over the political, cultural, and monetary networks of energy. She additionally examines how the nineteenth-century empire and the function of the slave dealer are honored in modern tourism and literature in quite a few areas in Northern Spain. this can be the 1st booklet to illustrate the centrality of not only Cuba, however the illicit transatlantic slave alternate to the cultural lifetime of smooth Spain.

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