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Nharas and Morenas Horras: A Luso-African Model for the Social History of the Spanish Caribbean, c. 1570-1640

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Wheat,David (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
2010
ISBN:
13853783
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, History, Blacks, Colonialism, Women, Slavery, Spain, 17th century, 16th century, Marriage, Concubinage, Free women of color
Notes:
Argues that free African and African-descended women participated in Spain's colonization of the Caribbean to a degree that has not been fully recognized. Regularly described as vecinas (heads of household) and as spouses to Iberian men in key port cities, free women of color played active roles in the formation and maintenance of Spanish Caribbean society during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, not as peripheral or marginalized figures, but as non-elite insiders who pursued their own best interests and those of their families and associates.