Callao, Peru and the Black Pacific


ACLS Project Development Grants




This project is a history of labor and race in the Peruvian port of Callao from the mid-eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. From the reconstruction of the port after an earthquake-tsunami to laboring in the port, and from abolition to the early labor movement, Africans and Afro-Peruvians were central historical agents in these processes. Through the use of archival documents in Peru and Spain, the project tells the history of the most important port of Peru: Callao, slavery in the Pacific, and the labor that created modern Peru.