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Urban Slavery in Colonial Mexico
Puebla de los Ángeles, 1531–1706


Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108412186

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  • Using the city of Puebla de los Ángeles, the second-largest urban center in colonial Mexico (viceroyalty of New Spain), Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva investigates Spaniards' imposition of slavery on Africans, Asians, and their families. He analyzes the experiences of these slaves in four distinct urban settings: the marketplace, the convent, the textile mill, and the elite residence. In so doing, Urban Slavery in Colonial Mexico advances a new understanding of how, when, and why transatlantic and transpacific merchant networks converged in Central Mexico during the seventeenth century. As a social and cultural history, it also addresses how enslaved people formed social networks to contest their bondage. Sierra Silva challenges readers to understand the everyday nature of urban slavery and engages the rich Spanish and indigenous history of the Puebla region while intertwining it with African diaspora studies.

    • Provides new research on the scale, fluctuations, and mechanisms used in the Puebla slave market during the entire seventeenth century
    • Offers a spatial analysis of urban slavery, with an innovative focus on convents, textile workshops, and marketplaces to advance a new understanding of how space affected slavery
    • Includes extensive research from parish registers, freedom papers, personal testaments, and other historical documents
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108412186
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Figures, tables, maps and documents
    Archival references
    1. Early Puebla and the question of labor
    2. Ambition, agency and abuse: the textile mills of Puebla
    3. Captive souls: nuns and slaves in the convents of Puebla
    4. The Puebla slave market, 1600–1700
    5. Life in the big city: mobility, social networks, and family
    6. The other market: commerce and opportunity

  • Author

    Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva, University of Rochester, New York
    Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at the University of Rochester, New York.

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