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Book for the Baptism of Slaves (1636-1670)

Documentary heritage submitted by Dominican Republic and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2009.

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Book for the Baptism of Slaves (1636-1670)

The book is a source of precious information on the form, character and other details of American slavery, particularly in the Dominican Republic. It provides a lesser-known aspect of the colonial slave system and represents a section of the country's transition from a slave society to a society with slaves, or rather from a slave plantation society to a patriarchal slavery. This later concept was accepted simply because it was not dependent on the world market system, but rather served to consolidate or secure the social levels in a native society or the "creole society"

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