Author: Lisa Surwillo, Associate Professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University.
In Monsters by Trade, Lisa Surwillo explains how modern Spain was literally made by its Cuban colony via the smuggling of thousands of Africans annually to Cuba to work the sugar plantations. Nearly a third of the royal income came from Cuban sugar, and these profits underwrote Spain's modernization. This is the first book to demonstrate the centrality of not just Cuba, but the illicit transatlantic slave trade to the cultural life of modern Spain. For details, see synopsis at Stanford University Press.