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The contributions of the black population to the history and economic development of Puerto Rico have long been distorted and underplayed, Luis A. Figueroa contends. Focusing on the southeastern coastal region of Guayama, one of Puerto Rico's three leading centers of sugarcane agriculture, Figueroa examines the transition from slavery and slave labor to freedom and free labor after the 1873 abolition of slavery in colonial Puerto Rico.

He corrects misconception about how ex-slaves went about building their lives and livelihoods after emancipation and counters previous assumptions about race relations in Puerto Rico.

English, Softcover, 290 Pages, 2005.