Cuba: Significant Slave Uprising 19th Century Remembered

Matanzas, Nov 6 – Authorities, researchers, figures and residents of this western province of Matanzas marked today the 171st anniversary of the slaves” revolt occurred in the Triunvirato sugar mill.

The ceremony was held at the Monument to Slave Rebelliousness, declared National Monument in 1978, which is an obelisk with three bronze figures, two men and a woman, located in the outskirts of this city, some 125 km east of Havana.

In her speech, Bielka Castillo, territorial director of heritage, said that the rebellion staged in 1843 is one of the most beautiful pages in the struggles for independence in this nation.

Previously, a wreath was laid at the monument in tribute “to the eternal gladiators of liberty on behalf of the Cuban people.”

The monument also includes remains of the slaves’ cabin and the infirmary.

At the end of the official ceremony, a museum with three halls was opened in the renovated foreman’s house, and partcicipants were able to see the restoration work on the Triunvirato owners’ house.

In the 19th Century, the territory of Matanzas became a sugar emporium built through the repression of the slaves brought by force from Africa. There were several uprisings, including that of November 5, 1843, when they armed themselves with machetes and improvised spears, set fire to buildings, killed five people and advanced to the southwest

However, they clashed for two hours with troops commanded by Brig. Garcia Ona, the governor of Matanzas and the slaves were defeated. At least 57 of them were killed and another 67 were taken prisoners, according to historians.

A large number of slaves managed to scape and took refuge in Cienaga de Zapata (Zapata swamp), in southern Matanzas, while other rebel leaders were taken prisoners and executed in March, 1844.

Source: Prensa Latina

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