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Julie Gilbert HIST250, Sec 0101 Reading Response 14 December 8, 2008 Miguel Garcia, like many black slaves in Rio de la Plata during the 17 th century, joined the army. He joined with resistance fighters to battle invading British troops. Slaves joined the army and “fled their owners to join the military in expectation of their freedom” (Blanchard, 285). These “portenos” or citizens of the port, took fighting into their own hands because the Spanish authority had not cultivated a proper army who could fight off invaders. Many blacks joined with the portenos, but with the royalists as well. Garcia’s joining the military challenged colonial domination, because his freedom was no longer up to Spanish authority, and by joining the fight of those who weren’t Spanish, he also helped them to be stronger, thus weakening Spanish domination. Steve Stern describes the “tragedy of success” as Indians who gained any modicum of success,
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Unformatted text preview: wealth or power, associating themselves with the Spaniards and adopting Spanish culture. This tragedy comes from the idea that oppressed people were giving more power to their oppressor by conforming to their societal standards, and not using their success to combat them. Blanchard says, “The sacrifice of blacks like Miguel, who had fought for the region’s political freedom and had won their own freedom as their reward, seriously weakened slavery” (Blanchard, 290). The weakening of slavery was a serious blow to Spanish domination, because slavery was crucial to the economy, and economic power contributed greatly to successful hegemony. However, Garcia’s wife’s freedom was contested and she was eventually forced back into bondage, showing that although Spanish power became weaker, it still had force....
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