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AfriGeneas Caribbean Research Forum

[PUERTO RICO] Live and Let Live: 19th Century Puerto Rico

Dear Researchers of the Caribbean and Puerto Rico:

The University of Puerto Rico's Caribbean Studies department has published a fascinating article by Kathryn R. Dungy entitled:

"Live and Let Live: Native and Immigrant People of Color in Early 19th Century Puerto Rico."

Written in English, Spanish and French, the author describes the interaction of people of color within their communities, with immigrants and with whites. Dungy wrotes that "The lives of free people of color, whites, immigrants and natives were fused by issues of color, class and economics."

Kathryn Dungy also compares life in Puerto Rico with other Caribbean cultures, examines early census records, includes various area maps and discusses the economic upheaval in neighboring countries and its impact on Puerto Rico.

Perhaps you'll discover that Catalina Cornel from St Thomas, or the wealthy Betances who were free people of color are members of your family tree.

Please click on the url below. You'll enjoy reading this important study about early 19th century Puerto Rico.

Best regards,

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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