Early Anti-Slavery Sentiment in the Spanish Atlantic World, 1765–1817

@article{Berquist2010EarlyAS,
  title={Early Anti-Slavery Sentiment in the Spanish Atlantic World, 1765–1817},
  author={Emily Berquist},
  journal={Slavery \& Abolition},
  year={2010},
  volume={31},
  pages={181 - 205}
}
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