Carabalí and culíes at El Cobre: African slaves and Chinese indentured workers in the service of Swansea copper in the nineteenth century

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    Abstract

    This article analyses the impact of the World of Copper upon copper mining in Cuba from the late 1820s until the 1850s. The mounting British demand for copper resulted in an influx of capital, technological modernization and massive labor immigration. The transoceanic movement of laborers not only comprised Britons (mostly Cornish and Welshmen), but it also meant the renewal of the slave trade, mostly of African carabalí and Chinese coolies. Through in-depth research on archives of British companies and official data on the slave trade, this article sheds fresh light on the economic and cultural circulations of labor in Cuba.
    Translated title of the contributionCarabalí and culíes at El Cobre: African slaves and Chinese indentured workers in the service of Swansea copper in the nineteenth century
    Original languageSpanish
    Pages (from-to)181-209
    Number of pages29
    JournalRevista de Historia Social y de las Mentalidades
    Volume21
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017

    Keywords

    • copper
    • Cuba
    • slavery
    • mining
    • indentured labour
    • Swansea

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