Juan Francisco Manzano (), an urban slave who taught himself to read and write, and who ultimately achieved fame as a poet in Cuba’s colonial. , English, Spanish, Book, Illustrated edition: The autobiography of a slave / by Juan Francisco Manzano ; introduction and modernized Spanish version by. Juan Francisco Manzano was born in Havana, Cuba in He was born It was under the rule of slavery that most of his poetry was written. Poetry that.

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The presence of Spanish soldiers to prevent another uprising did not permit white Cuba’s autonomy.

His second mistress, Marquesa de Prado Ameno, exercised control by dressing him up. He allies himself with the slave Noemi to challenge the reign of Barbarroja. He was not allowed to recite by heart or write letters.

However, the life of a house slave was isolating. Literary critic Jose Antonio Portuondo’s article, written shortly after the triumph of the Cuban revolution, Toward a new history of Cuba, says, “there is no history among us that did not study the rise and fall of the dominant hegemonic class: Spanish colonial regime suppressed the history of marginalized social groups such as the African and the Chinese during the period the autobiography was written.

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Search my Subject Specializations: He wrote two works and started his autobiography while still enslaved. But it was in vain that I was forbidden to write.


Scholars may prefer original text”–Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. Later in the play, Selim possesses a mysterious letter which was not present in the Spanish version of the play.

Madden included the slave narrative in a book that offered francicso about abolition and an appendix containing conversations between him and Del Monte. So, I bought ink, pens, and penknife, and some very fine paper; then taking some of the bits of written paper thrown away ,anzano my master, I put a piece of them between one of my thin sheets, and traced the characters underneath, in order to accustom my hand to make letters.

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Juan Francisco Manzano

This tertiary source reuses information from other sources but does not name them. But here was the difficulty: He did not win his freedom until he was forty years old when he became an important voice against enslavement.

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Original Spanish punctuation, spelling, and syntax corrected and modernized by Schulman; translation is of this new version of text. Manzano’s poetry was edited by publishers who sought to create a cleaner version of the text, but in the process, the poems lost their authenticity.

In North America, slave narratives were manipulated by one person or another through editing and translation; details would be added to enhance dramatic effect.


Overall the text was to represent not one individual’s life but the life of a Cuban slave. As a renowned poet he became a part of a group of Cuban reformist who,with a publicist and liberal writer named Domingo Del Monte, encouraged Manzano to write. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes.

His younger years as a child were spent at the feet of his mistress where he developed his skills as a tailor and artist.

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The Cuban sugar economy depended on slave labor for it’s wealth. He pushed to learn all he could for he knew that one these skills would help him as a free man. My heart sickened through sufferings. His first mistress exposed him to the arts, and under her care, he memorized short plays, bits of opera, and other works francisdo theater.

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Subsequently, with a master, Manzano was not allowed to use time that he could be working to recite manznao heart or write letters, but he practiced writing letters with the discarded notes of his master, first copying the script and then writing himself.

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