New Slave Route Museum in Cuba

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The Slave Route Museum [Museo de la Ruta del Esclavo] has been inaugurated at San Severino Castle in Matanzas, Cuba. The main objectives of this project, coordinated by UNESCO, are “to break the silence on the tragedy of the slave trade,” to raise awareness about its dissimilar consequences for contemporary societies and the large number of cultural changes and legacies generated by the tragedy.

Exhibition halls recall the imprint left in American culture by the sad and violent history of slave trade, practiced by Portuguese, Genoese, French, Dutch, Danish, and English merchants through the centuries when close to twenty million Africans were forcibly brought to various territories in the Americas. The San Severino Castle, one of the Spanish fortresses built in colonial Cuba in the 17th century, houses these four exhibition halls: the house of the commander, the archeological hall, the hall of slavery, and the hall of the orishas or African deities. The museum will serve as a bridge between generations and a way to educate people about African legacies, cross-cultural elements, and miscegenation characterizing the cultures of the different Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English speaking nations in the Americas.

For full article, in Spanish, see http://www.tvyumuri.co.cu/culturales/Inauguran%20este%20martes%20Museo%20de%20la%20Ruta.htm and for article (in English), see http://www.cubanow.net/pages/loader.php?sec=22&t=2&item=7325

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