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The evocation of the Haitian revolution, often recalled by Cuban representatives in the Cortes and by advocates of slavery in the debate over abolition, was used as an excuse for the inhuman treatment reserved for emancipados. In the following decades, emancipados suffered all forms of abuse. Initially, the Capitán General M. Tacón allowed them to be transferred to the plantations and incorporated into the slave-labor force, practically endorsing a cheap and illicit internal trade of “slaves”14; often they even took the place of dead slaves, whom were declared to the authorities as dead emancipados instead.

54. 19 I discuss these connections more extensively in The Making and Unmaking of Slavery, chapter 6. 20 This claim is repeated many times in the testimony. See especially ANC, AP, leg. 13, exp. 1. 36 Cuba in the World, the World in Cuba at least three ships: the Spanish Nueva Gerona; an unnamed Portuguese ship en route with 440 Africans from Rio de Janeiro to Havana, and the Santa Ana, whose shipment of 205 slaves was liberated and taken by Christophe’s forces to the port of Gonaïves. In addition, Havana planters complained to authorities about the capture of “various slave ships” prior to the interception of these three, news of which, they said, was circulating in Havana21.

In order to correct such misleading ideas, the governor promulgated the Reglamento de emancipados, upon which the Cubans were instructed every Sunday35. With the help of López Ayllón’s letter, 7 August 1862 in AGAM, AG, box 672. AGAM, AG, box 781, n. 29. John Holt wrote in his diary: “Today […] Spaniards have married a lot of these Cubans by wholesale”, quoted in García Cantús, Fernando Poo, 460. 33 AGAM, AG, box 672, n. 1. 34 AGAM, AG, box 672. 35 Proyecto de Reglamento para el Régimen de los Emancipados de la isla de Fernando Poo, 28 Septem30 31 32 Part I – The Making of the Cuban Republic 47 the emancipados and the energetic direction of Governor López Ayllón, in just a couple of months a church was built, the main square was leveled and the bogs around Santa Isabel were reclaimed.

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