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Black Society in Spanish Florida (Re-post)
This book review was originally posted to the Afrigeneas Book Club Forum, 15 Dec 2001, by K Wyer Lane, whose posts are always insightful - thank you! I shall re-post only a portion here. Please read this entire book review at: afrigeneas.com/forum-books/index.cgi?read=106
"...The book is written by Jane Landers, published by the University of Illinois Press, 1999...[and]...chronicles the lives of Afro-Americans from the Spanish Conquest through the second Spanish Interlude (1821).... Spanish Florida was as much a part of their cultural fabric as people from the Caribbean. Landers describes the people who lived on both sides of the Gulf of Mexico as Afro-Caribbeans which compels the reader to push away the one-dimensional template of slavery of the northern Anglo South....After Florida became a state, and the harsh reality of life under Anglo rule took hold, another wave of black immigrants sailed to the Caribbean. They fled to Mantanzas and Havana, to Tampico and parts of Northern Mexico, to Santo Domingo, Jamaica. Their faces were black and brown, their names not Jones and Smith, but Suarez, Garcia, Jacobo, Soto, Vidal, Barrios, hernandez, Pons, Dominguez, Durant....The book's appendix is a treasure of genealogical data...."
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