TLA article of the week: Soldiers, Militias, and Tamboreros Cabildantes in Bocachica and Cartagena de Indias, 1741–1973

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Soldiers, Militias, and Tamboreros Cabildantes in Bocachica and Cartagena de Indias, 1741–1973

In this week’s featured article, Viviana Quintero Márquez excavates and contrasts the interviews made in Bocachica –a fortified town located ten kilometers from Cartagena de Indias—during the 1970s with colonial sources, and identifies how Bocachica’s inhabitants participated in defending Spain from sanctioned and unsanctioned English imperial attacks, and at the same time recreated African traditions that constituted serious concerns for Spanish authorities. African and African descendants met to perform music and dances as well as healing and funerary rituals in the specific context of the Cabildo, and simultaneously, they articulated knowledge and experience on the Americas. 

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