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“In Consideration of Her Enormous Crime” Rape and Infanticide in Spanish St. Augustine

Jane Landers

in The Devil's Lane

Published in print June 1997 | ISBN: 9780195112436
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.003.0014
“In Consideration of Her Enormous Crime” Rape and Infanticide in Spanish St. Augustine

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This chapter examines the case of Juana, and this case clearly indicates that several important institutional, political, and social factors operated to guarantee even enslaved women some rights and protections in Spanish Florida. One was the observance of a legal code that upheld the rights of women generally and supported their access to the courts. This access to legal recourse and “voice” generated a rich documentary record for African and African-American women in the Hispanic South that allows historians to explore issues of race, sexuality, and gender more fully than they might through Anglo-American records of the same period.

Keywords: Juana; Spanish Florida; rights of women; voice; African-American women; African women; Anglo-American

Chapter.  6959 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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