The Persistence of the slave market in seventeenth-century Central Mexico

Tatiana Seijas, Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva

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This study, based on an extensive notarial database, demonstrates the significance of slavery in Central Mexico during the seventeenth century. Thousands of bills of sale from Mexico City and Puebla – the largest and most lucrative slave markets in the region – show that the slave trade did not collapse with the end of the Portuguese asiento in 1640. A growing population of American-born creoles sustained the market during the subsequent decades, along with a modest number of new African arrivals. In 1700, slavery remained integral to Central Mexico's economy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-333
Number of pages27
JournalSlavery and Abolition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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