Colloquium featuring Alejandro De La Fuente
Using Cuba as a case study, this paper seeks to probe a basic question: what did colonial officials, legal intermediaries, slaveowners and slaves mean when they referred to the "law"? Which statutes, regulations, precepts, principles and customs informed the legal reasoning of colonial justices and subjects in Spanish America in matters concerning slaves and slavery? How did those principles, customs, and precepts inform the strategies of slaves? And how did slaves' initiatives shape, in turn, the very customs and principles that they invoked?
Lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a Q&A session following each talk. Please feel free to bring a lunch.