Biografía de
un cimarrón

Biography of a     
Runaway Slave    

Plants of the Nearctic Realm

Yuquilla / Arrowroot

Latin name: Maranta arundinacea
Number of times mentioned:
Region of origin:
Mexico, Central America, South America


"Se parecía al atol que se hacía de sagú: yuquilla que se rayaba y salta igual que el almidón." (60)

"It was like atol that was made with sagu, arrowroot that was rolled and came out like corn starch." (77)

Botanical Reference:
Pedro Acevedo and Mark Strong, “Catalogue of Seed Plants of the West Indies,” Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98 (January 1, 2012): 529, 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).