Carlos Eduardo Valencia Villa’s study is a welcome addition to the scarce historiography on slavery in Colombia. After pioneering works by Jaime Jaramillo (1963), Germán Colmenares (1973 and 1979), William Sharp (1976), and David Chandler (1981), Ildefonso Gutiérrez, María Cristina Navarrete, Anthony MacFarlane, Hermes Tovar, and Francisco Zuluaga have written short studies of slave revolt and marronage in New Granada. More recently, with the new interest in afrocolombianidad, some anthropologists have focused on African survivals among Colombia’s black communities. Published after Guido Barona Barrera’s study of slavery in Popayán from 1730 to 1830 (Universidad del Valle, 1995) and Rafael Antonio Díaz Díaz’s examination of the institution in Santafé de Bogotá between 1700 and 1750 (Centro Editorial Javeriano, 2001), this book revives the debate on the economy of slavery and the relationship between slaves and la gente de todos los colores who constituted the great majority of colonial Colombia’s population....

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