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Africans to Spanish America: Expanding the Diaspora

Sherwin K. Bryant and Rachel Sarah O'Toole


This book expands the Diaspora framework that has shaped much of the recent scholarship on Africans in the Americas to include Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Cuba, exploring the connections and disjunctures between colonial Latin America and the African Diaspora in the Spanish empires. While a majority of the research on the colonial Diaspora focuses on the Caribbean and Brazil, analysis of the regions of Mexico and the Andes opens up new questions of community formation diaspora framework that incorporated Spanish legal strategies in secular and ecclesiastical institutions as well as articulation ... More

Keywords: identity construction, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, Latin America, African diaspora, slavery, cultural exclusion, cultural inclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036637
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sherwin K. Bryant, editor
Northwestern University

Rachel Sarah O'Toole, editor
University of California, Irvine

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Front Matter


Sherwin K. Bryant, Ben Vinson III, and Rachel Sarah O’Toole

Part 1 Complicating Identity in the African Diaspora to Spanish America

1 The Shape of a Diaspora

Leo J. Garofalo

3 To Be Free and Lucumí

Rachel Sarah O’Toole

Part 2 Royal Subjects, Loyal Christians, and Saints in the Alley

4 Between the Cross and the Sword

Charles Beatty-Medina

Part 3 Comparisons and Whitening Revisited: Race and Gender in Colonial Cuba

7 Whitening Revisited

Karen Y. Morrison