West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic World, 1807-1844

Paperback | May 28, 2016

byManuel Barcia

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West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba seeks to explain how a series of historical events that occurred in West Africa from the mid-1790s - including Afonja's rebellion, the Owu wars, the Fulani-led jihad, and the migrations to Egbaland - had an impact upon life in cities and plantations inwestern Cuba and Bahia. Manuel Barcia examines the extent to which a series of African-led plots and armed movements that took place in western Cuba and Bahia between 1807 and 1844 were the result - or a continuation - of events that had occurred in and around the Yoruba and Hausa kingdoms in thesame period. Why did these two geographical areas serve as the theatre for the uprising of the Nagos, the Lucumis, and other West African men and women? The answer, Barcia argues, relates to the fact that plantation economies supported by unusually large numbers of African-born slaves from the same - or close -geographical and ethnic heritage, which transformed the rural and urban landscape in western Cuba and Bahia. To understand why these two areas followed such similar social patterns it is essential to look across the Atlantic - it is not enough to repeat the significance of the African background ofBahian and Cuban slaves. By establishing connections between people and events, with a special emphasis on their warfare experiences, Barcia presents a coherent narrative which spans more than three decades and opens a wealth of archival research for future study.

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West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba seeks to explain how a series of historical events that occurred in West Africa from the mid-1790s - including Afonja's rebellion, the Owu wars, the Fulani-led jihad, and the migrations to Egbaland - had an impact upon life in cities and plantations inwestern Cuba and Bahia. Manuel Barcia examine...

Manuel Barcia is Professor of Latin American History at the University of Leeds. He is also an Honorary Fellow at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation at the University of Hull. He co-edits Atlantic Studies: Global Currents, and is the author of two books and several articles focusing on the history of th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:May 28, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsList of Maps and List of TablesAcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Between Glory and Decay: West African Atlantic States in the Age of Revolution2. Between Home and the Sea: The West African Trade to Brazil and Cuba, 1790-18433. Between Bozal and Ladino in Bahia and Cuba: The American Experience4. West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Organization and Strategy5. West African Warfare in Bahia and Cuba: Military Operations and WeaponryConclusion: Soldier Slaves in the Atlantic WorldGlossaryBibliography

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"serious and precise ... intelligently beyond the traditional scope of the monographic study, offers new and promising avenues for interconnected research ... [this book] aims to demonstrate that practices of slave resistance in the Americas were not traces of a "survival", but rather acontinuous adaptation which is an extension of their [African] history." --Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch, Politique africaine [translation]