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Slavery, race, and conspiracy: the HMS Romney in nineteenth-century Cuba

Nelson, Jennifer Louise ORCID: 2017. Slavery, race, and conspiracy: the HMS Romney in nineteenth-century Cuba. Atlantic Studies 14 (2) , pp. 174-195. 10.1080/14788810.2016.1275467

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This article presents a case study of the HMS Romney, the British Royal Navy ship stationed in Havana from 1837 to 1845. The ship housed Africans awaiting the verdict of the trials of the Havana Mixed Commission Court for the Suppression of the Slave Trade. It highlights the controversies and discussions which were generated by the presence of the ship, and how they relate to the wider political scene that Robert L. Paquette has aptly described as a “conflict between empires over slavery in Cuba.” Not only was the ship a potent symbol of British abolitionism and a platform upon which ideological battles played out, but it was ultimately seen as a threat to the prevailing hegemonic order in Cuba.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1478-8810
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 20 May 2019
Date of Acceptance: 1 December 2016
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2022 12:20

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