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A Scholarly Work Pertinent to the Anti-Slave Rebellions in Santo Domingo

Agua de la fuenteNelson SantanaComment

December 13, 2017 Leer en español

The contribution of the New History movement erupted with great vigor in the late 1960s. Today, it serves as a guide for a new generation of historians and intellectuals in Santo Domingo. Putting aside the traditional narrative of great men and the invisibility of women, the new historians have assigned themselves the task of examining the past critically from perspectives that are more in tune with reality.

The colonial period and anti-slave resistances to it appear as central themes throughout the work of the new historians and intellectuals. In El Sonido de la libertad: 30 años de agitaciones y conspiraciones en Santo Domingo, 1791-1821” (“The Sound of Freedom: 30 years of upheavals and conspiracies in Santo Domingo, 1791-1821”) Quisqueya Lora Hugi takes a close look at the period from 1791-1821.

Published in 2011 in issue number 182 of the academic journal Clio—official publication of the Dominican Academy of History—Lora Hugi reconstructs a new historical account of some of the most important anti-slave revolts or rebellions in the Spanish Santo Domingo colony, present day Santo Domingo or the Dominican Republic. Further, the primary sources that served as the basis for this work come from the National Archives of the Republic of Cuba.

With this contribution, the Dominican historian Quisqueya Lora Hugi enriches the study pertinent to slave rebellions and the impact that the Haitian Revolution had on the eastern part of the island of Hispaniola. Thus, her scholarship enriches, at the end of the day, the new story that is being told in the Dominican Republic and other areas of the Caribbean and Latin America.

To read the work of Quisqueya Lora Hugi and the complete magazine, click here.