University of Cambridge > Talks.cam > Department of Archaeology - Garrod seminar series > Landscapes of freedom: Kinship-relations and Geographical Imagination of the Maroons of “la Sierra de la María” during the 17th-18th century, Colombia.

Landscapes of freedom: Kinship-relations and Geographical Imagination of the Maroons of “la Sierra de la María” during the 17th-18th century, Colombia.

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  • UserJohana Caterina Mantilla Oliveros (Universidad Surcolombiana)
  • ClockThursday 27 January 2022, 16:00-17:30
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As a legal system, the transatlantic slavery created a framework for the comprehension of practices, beliefs and actions of the Africans and their descendants in the colonial societies across the Americas. Hence, legal categories such as “slave, free and maroon” generated distinctions between licit crafts, places, and geographies (cities, haciendas and palenques). How to tell the history of African and African descent communities beyond the borders of slavery? What does materiality tell us about their knowledge and the ways into which they inhabited places? Using archival sources and material culture, I analyze the case of five maroon settlements of the 17th and 18th centuries at the north coast of Colombia. While the Kinship relations allows following the ties between the inhabited palenques, the material culture recovered on field, suggest a broader network of connections. In extend, I discuss the emergence and persistence of what I have called a landscape of freedom.

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This talk is part of the Department of Archaeology - Garrod seminar series series.

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