Author(s): Henry B. Lovejoy
This Atlantic global historical past facilities at the lifetime of Juan Nepomuceno Prieto (c. 1773-c. 1835), a member of the West African Yoruba other folks enslaved and brought to Havana all through the generation of the Atlantic slave industry. Richly situating Prieto’s tale inside the context of colonial Cuba, Henry B. Lovejoy illuminates the huge procedure in which 1000’s of Yoruba audio system had been pressured into life-and-death struggles in a atypical land. In Havana, Prieto, and most people of the Yoruba diaspora, had been recognized via the colonial government as Lucumi. Prieto’s evolving identification turns into the attention-grabbing fulcrum of the guide. Drafted as an enslaved soldier for Spain, Prieto completed self-manumission whilst nonetheless within the army. Rising regularly in his bad new global, he was the spiritual chief of Havana’s most famed Lucumi cabildo, the place he contributed to the advance of the Afro-Cuban faith of Santeria. Then, he used to be arrested on suspicion of fomenting slave riot. Trial testimony presentations that he fell in poor health, however his final destiny is unknown. Despite the silences and contradictions that may by no means be totally resolved, Prieto’s existence opens a window onto how Africans creatively evolved more than one varieties of identification and resistance in Cuba and within the Atlantic global extra extensively.