Meet the Benin woman who led revolution in 1843 to free slaves in Cuba

Meet the Benin woman who led revolution in 1843 to free slaves in Cuba

- In 1843, Carlota Lucumi who was originally from the Kingdom of Benin led a revolt against powerful white people to free Black slaves

- The brave woman had been enslaved since she was 10 but remained resolute about getting freedom all her life

- Her revolt was so massive, it angers the authorities to capture Carlota Lucumi and end her life brutally

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Carlota Lucumi is a name that has remained on as a major element in Cuban history, for her role in leading one of the biggest revolts during the days of slavery in Matanzas, Cuba, called Triunvirato.

Libertywritersafrica.com indicates that historic rebellion occurred on November 5, 1843, when she and her counterparts named Firmina (a woman), Filipe Lucumi, Eduardo, Narciso, and Manuel Ganga rose fiercely against the White people who oversaw them.

This was after she gained a reputation among the enslaved Africans and had some influence in the community of the slaves. For months, she and the five other slaves had planned to revolt against their masters.

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They set multiple houses on their plantation on fire, including the house which was used in punishing slaves. The five ruthless Blacks attacked the Mayor and Julian Luis Alfonso, who was the sole owner of the plantation.

The tale of Carlota Lucumi's bravery and her revolt of Carlota was heard throughout Cuba. Consequently, over five other plantations had their slaves rising up against and killing as many white enslavers as they found.

When all of this went down, the authorities captured the heroic woman and ended her life in a very brutal manner. They tied her body to her horses and forced them to drag her till she died.

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When her followers found her body on the morning of November 6, 1943, on the Triunvirato estate, they were enraged and rioted angrily, stormed the estate killing as many whites as they saw.

It should be noted that by the era these revolts occurred, slavery had been abolished but was still practised in many parts of America and Europe.

The 1800s, in the Americas and Europe, was an interesting and busy era, which was filled with noble resistance and revolts from Black men and women all over the world.

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Carlota Lucumi had spent almost all her life as a slave. She was kidnapped at the age of 10 from the Kingdom of Benin where she was born and taken into slavery since then.

It was thought that spending a greater portion of one's life could make one acclimatized to the situations and therefore not dream about change but that was not Carlota Lucumi's story.

In other news, Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry was a famous Black actor who appeared in scores of films in the 1920s and 1930s but suddenly vanished from the scenes and never came up again.

A news report indicates that the gentleman who was born in Key West, Fla., in 1892, had many great achievements for his exploits at the peak of his career.

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