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Africans to Spanish AmericaExpanding the Diaspora$
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Sherwin K. Bryant and Rachel Sarah O'Toole

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036637

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036637.001.0001

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To Be Free and Lucumí

To Be Free and Lucumí

Ana de la Calle and Making African Diaspora Identities in Colonial Peru

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(p.73) 3 To Be Free and Lucumí
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Africans to Spanish America
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Rachel Sarah O’Toole

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036637.003.0003

This chapter examines the development of African diasporic identities in colonial Peru by focusing on the case of Ana de la Calle. In 1719, Ana de la Calle paid a notary in the northern Peruvian city of Trujillo to compose her will. She identified herself as a free morena of casta lucumí from the Yoruba-speaking interior of the Bight of Benin. Before deconstructing the terms “lucumí” and “morena” as used together by Ana de la Calle, this chapter first provides an overview of slavery and freedom in colonial Peru. It then considers lucumí as an elite status, as well as how Ana de la Calle's claim to be free and Lucumí made her unique and perhaps isolated her from other free women of color in colonial Trujillo. By analyzing why Ana de la Calle used morena and lucumí together, this chapter shows how casta terms were harnessed by both enslaved and free people of the African Diaspora.

Keywords:   morena, African diasporic identity, colonial Peru, Ana de la Calle, casta lucumí, lucumí, slavery, free women of color, free people, African Diaspora

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