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Black Africans’ Freedom Litigation Suits to Define Just War and Just Slavery in the Early Spanish Empire

Ireton, C; (2020) Black Africans’ Freedom Litigation Suits to Define Just War and Just Slavery in the Early Spanish Empire. Renaissance Quarterly , 73 (4) pp. 1277-1319. 10.1017/rqx.2020.219. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores how some enslaved black Africans litigated for their freedom in Spanish royal courts in the sixteenth century on the basis that – as Christians – they had been unjustly enslaved in Africa. With a focus on the port cities of Seville and Cartagena, I explore how freedom litigation suits illuminate how individuals from starkly different social worlds and intellectual milieus – who inhabited the same urban sites – affected and shaped one another’s intellectual landscapes. I trace how enslaved Africans’ epistemologies of just slavery shaped broader discourses on the just enslavement of Africans in the Spanish empire.

Type: Article
Title: Black Africans’ Freedom Litigation Suits to Define Just War and Just Slavery in the Early Spanish Empire
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/rqx.2020.219
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/rqx.2020.219
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10086881
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