Esteban Montejo

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Esteban Mesa Montejo (1860–1973) was a runaway Cuban slave. He told his story to the Cuban ethnologist Miguel Barnet in taped interviews carried out in 1963.[1] Barnet edited the transcripts and published them in 1966, as Biografía de un cimarrón. An English translation was published as Biography of a Runaway Slave[2] and The Autobiography of a Runaway Slave.[3]

Montejo and Barnet's book includes descriptions of Afro-Cuban religious expression and of Montejo's life as a fugitive slave, along with recollections of the Cuban war for independence from Spain, which ultimately involved the United States. The book ends in 1905, following the US occupation of 1898–1902.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b H-Net review of Biography of a Runaway Slave
  2. ^ Montejo, Esteban (1994). Biography of a Runaway Slave. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone. ISBN 978-1-880684-18-4.
  3. ^ Montejo, Esteban (1966). The Sutobiography of a Runaway Slave. London, Sydney: Bodley Head. ISBN 9780370004495.

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