Manuel Barcia presents “White Cannibalism in the Slave Trade: The Curious Case of the Schooner 'Arrogante'”

Tue, Apr 4, 2017, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Featuring: Manuel Barcia (Latin American History, University of Leeds) The Portuguese ship Arrogante was captured in late November 1837 by the HMS Snake, with more than 330 Africans on board. After they were liberated at Montego Bay, Jamaica, a chilling mystery surrounding the alleged cannibalistic practices carried out by her crew were brought to the attention of the local authorities. The examination of the Arrogante's story constitutes another example that supports the case of historians who currently claim that the atrocities committed by the slavers were more common than what we have thought thus far. This case also highlights the questionable impartiality of Jamaican magistrates, courts and authorities at the time that coincided with the final emancipation of the slaves in the British West Indies, and the limited weight and credibility given to testimonies received from African slaves, most of whom in this case were children. Manuel Barcia, is Professor of Latin American History at the University of Leeds. He is a scholar on the field of Atlantic and Slavery Studies. He has published extensively on the subjects of slave resistance, slave rebellion and on the transfers of West African warfare knowledge to the Americas, with an emphasis on nineteenth-century Brazil, and Cuba. He has written op-ed articles for Al Jazeera English, The Independent, The Washington Spectator and The Huffington Post, among others. He is also an editor of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents (Routledge), a journal of Atlantic history and cultural studies. In 2014 he was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in History, given every year to researchers whose work "has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising". He is currently a visiting fellow at the Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

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