Jorge Felipe Gonzalez, Independent Scholar
The People of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Jorge Felipe Gonzalez completed his Ph.D. in History at Michigan State University in May 2019. His dissertation focuses on the factors accounting for the foundation of the Cuban-based transatlantic slave trade at the turn of the nineteenth century. Based on archival records from Cuba, the U.S., Spain, and the U.K., Felipe’s doctoral thesis analyses how Cuban-based merchants, planters and colonial authorities planned, discussed, financed, and implemented the infrastructure to trade slaves from Africa to Cuba. His dissertation also explores the functioning mechanism of the transatlantic slave commerce between Cuba and Western Africa, the socio-political effects of the expansion of the Cuban transatlantic slave trade in some coastal African regions, and a reassessment of quantitative and resulting qualitative aspects of the slave trade to Cuba.
ORGANIZER: Hutchins Center