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The Occupation of Havana

War, Trade, and Slavery in the Atlantic World

Elena Schneider

Cloth: 978-1-4696-4535-3 ($39.95)

Copyright 2018
University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  • Bryce Wood Book Award, Latin American Studies Association (2020)
  • FEEGI Biennial Book Prize, Forum on European Expansion and Global Interactions (2019)
  • Special Mention, Elsa Goveia Book Prize, Association of Caribbean Historians (2019)
  • James A. Rawley Prize, American Historical Association (2019)


"During the eighteenth century, Havana was the crown jewel of the Spanish Caribbean, a place of dazzling wealth and formidable power. Behind this impressive fa├žade, however, lay a more complicated history of war, trade, and slavery that Havana shared with its British neighbors. Elena Schneider brings this entangled Anglo-Spanish history to life as no historian before her has done. The result is a landmark in the history of the British and Spanish Atlantic worlds."

--Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire

"At every level, from its treatment of geopolitics in the Atlantic world to its fine-grained social history, this is a splendid book. No previous scholar has so clearly recounted the 1762 siege of Havana in all its contexts; no reader of this volume will be able to doubt that event's significace."

--Fred Anderson, Emeritus, University of Colorado Boulder

"The Occupation of Havana unravels national and imperial narratives about eighteenth-century British and Spanish struggles over the 'key to the Indies.' In their place, Elena Schneider offers a cross-cutting analysis that demonstrates how overlapping imperial connncections and frictions shaped Caribbean lives well beyond war and commerce. Meticulously researched, this book full of surprises

--David Sartorius, Univerity of Maryland

"A gripping history of the British siege and occupation of Havana. Part military history, part social history, this book brilliantly reveals the origins, course, and lasting impacts (in Cuba, Britain, Spain, and the United States) of this monmental, yet remarkably understudied, event in Atlantic history. Beautifully written, The Occupation of Havana will last for generations."

--Ada Ferrer, New York University