The Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is sponsoring a talk by Orlando García Martínez: “La sublevación de esclavos en la goleta Amistad: Ramón Ferrer y las redes de contrabando en el Mundo Atlántico” [The Slave Uprising of the Amistad: Ramón Ferrer and Smuggling Networks in the Atlantic World]. The lecture will take place on April 20, 2011, at 6:00pm, in Hamilton Hall, Room 569, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Description: Based on new archival findings, Orlando García Martínez presents a new perspective of the Cuban and the Atlantic dimensions of the Amistad “case,” different from traditional interpretations. In this context, new archival material from Havana, New Haven, London, Lisboa, Madrid, Arenys de Mar, and Praia (Cape Verde island) shows the real history of the Catalan captain killed in the rebellion of the captives of the schooner Amistad in 1839. He presents Ferrer as the owner of not only one little coastal schooner, but of two or three ships (one of them the modern steamer, Vapor Principeño). These ships engaged not only in coastal transport but also contraband trade to Africa. Ferrer and his partners used the profits of the giant Atlantic business for the accumulations of new capitals and invested it in promoting new sugar and slave areas in Cuba and in modern technologies like railroads and steamers.