Biografía de
un cimarrón

Biography of a     
Runaway Slave    

Plants of the Indomalayan Realm

Pigeon pea / Frijol de carita

Number of times mentioned: 2
Latin name: Cajanus cajan
Region of origin: India

Forest and Kim Starr, Cajanus cajan, n.d., photograph, http://powo.science.kew.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:1152177-2.


"Ahí se cosechaba de todo: boniato, calabaza, quimbamtoó, maíz, gandul, frijol caballero, que es como las habas limas, yuca y maní." (18)

"They grew everything there: sweet potato, squash, okra, corn, peas, horse beans, beans like limas, limes, yuca and peanuts." (26)


"Daban una ración buena, aunque siempre era lo mismo; arroz con frijoles negros, blancos o de carita y tasajo." (48)

"They gave a good-sized portion though it was always the same — rice and black beans, white beans or black eyed peas and beef jerky." (63)

Botanical reference: Pedro Acevedo and Mark Strong, “Catalogue of Seed Plants of the West Indies,” Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98 (January 1, 2012): 404, https://doi.org/10.5479/si.0081024X.98.1.

Image credits:

Tomás Sánchez, Autorretrato En Tarde Rosa, 1994, Acrylic on linen, 1994,

Tomás Sánchez, Orilla y Cielo Gris, 1995, Acrylic on canvas, 1995,

Text editions:

Esteban Montejo and Miguel Barnet, Biografía de Un Cimarrón, 223 p. (La Habana: Editorial Letras Cubanas, 1980), catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/005222640.

Esteban Montejo, Biography of a Runaway Slave, ed. Miguel Barnet, trans. W. Nick Hill (Connecticut: Curbstone Press, 1994).