Nine. Slavery in the Americas

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. Franklin W. Knight

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch9

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Knight, F. W. (2010) Slavery in the Americas, in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch9

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Author Information

  1. Johns Hopkins University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633



  • slavery in the Americas;
  • slavery, unconditional servitude - of an individual usually acquired by purchase;
  • Americas, slavery identified with immigrant Africans;
  • ancient antiquity, slavery - important dimension of social and occupational organization;
  • slavery in the post-Columbus Americas - a patently artificial social and political construct;
  • ambiguity of laws - slavery and conditions of slaves, circumstances in which slaves found themselves;
  • system of slavery, inherently unstable - being internally contradictory;
  • free people, using avenues of political communication - with the metropolis, through town councils in Spanish colonies;
  • conditions of slavery - system of slavery in the Americas, restrictive and harsh;
  • resistance to slavery - overt rebellion, most dramatic objection to slavery


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Conditions of Slavery

  • Resistance to Slavery

  • Bibliography