Impact Of Slavery In Cubana

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Cuba: An Overview of Slavery In light of all the atrocities enacted upon mankind, none were as demeaning and repugnant as slavery. On the island of Cuba, slavery flourished for over 300 years with more than one million slaves being trafficked from Africa and China. Many of these slaves were brought over to work on large plantations that harvested tobacco, coffee and sugar cane. Life on the plantations was not only exhausting, but a slave’s life was often cut short due to the rigorous demands of crop and factory production. Slavery was finally abolished on the island in 1886, but had already left its indelible mark on Cuban society. This essay will cover the different facets regarding slavery in Cuban society and its effects on modern day Cuba. Slaves were brought on large vessels from Africa, having to endure long voyages and cramped quarters. In the novel Cecilia Valdés written by Cirilo Villaverde, the slaves, who were referred to as bundles, were placed in the bottom of the ship with the hatchway nailed down, preventing the slaves from escaping. Many slaves were unable to endure the hardships and inhumane conditions of the voyage and would die in the process, their corpses being thrown overboard. In addition, the slave ships had to maneuver the high seas, evading the British fleets and avoiding capture. Chinese slaves were also imported to Cuba by ships and sold on the open Succo 2 market. In the article “The Trade in Chinese Laborers,” written
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