Oscar de la Torre (NHC Fellow, 2021–22)

Project Title

Enyoró: A Collective Biography of Black Matanzas (Cuba) from Slavery to Nation-Making‚ 1835–1898

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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Fellowship Work Summary, 2021–22

Oscar de la Torre drafted four chapters and created a database with the mortuary records of more than 1,300 mid-nineteenth-century Black inhabitants of Matanzas (Cuba) for his current book manuscript, Enyoró: A Collective Biography of Black Matanzas (Cuba) from Slavery to Nation-Making, 1835–1898. He revised the translation of a book chapter titled “Medio Ambiente, Patronazgo, y Nativismo: Los Mocambeiros de Pacoval y el Primer Gobierno Magalhães Barata, 1921-1935", to be published at Revista do Instituto Histórico e Geográfico do Pará, in Belem, Brazil. He also revised a book chapter titled “O Conceito de Crioulização Ambiental no Estudo da Escravidão e da Liberdade na Amazônia (Século XIX),” for Águas Negras: Estudos Afro-luso-amazônicos no Oitocentos, a collection of essays edited by Aldrin Moura de Figueiredo, Maria de Nazaré Sarges, and Daniel Souza Barroso to be published in Portugal and Brazil. Finally, he finished revising "The Well that Wept Blood: Ghostlore, Haunted Waterscapes, and the Politics of Quilombo Blackness in Amazonia (Brazil)," an article accepted for publication at American Historical Review (forthcoming).