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Backhouse Cuban Account Book

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0919

Cuban Sale of Slaves Manuscript

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0865
Abstract A manuscript "outlining the sale of several slaves between Brooks and Company and Marcelina Barthe [Lescaille]. The document records the name, approximate age, and price of each slave, including a young woman and her daughter, Clara, age four. Most of the slaves are referred to as "mulata" or "criolla" indicating that they are of mixed blood. The contract ends with an agreement that the sellers are no longer liable for the slaves, indicating that any future issues or illnesses are now the...
Dates: 1871 February

Cuban Slave Documents

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0889
Abstract

A collection of several documents spanning six leaves that shows the persistent nature of slavery in Cuba during the later half of the 19th century. Though Cuba ended its participation in the slave trade in 1867, it was not until 1886 that slavery was finally abolished by royal decree.

Dates: 1842 - 1872

Cuban Slave Manumission Manuscript

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0920
Dates: 1865 July 21

Cuban Slave Manuscripts

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0922
Dates: 1845 - 1886

Cuban Travel Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0017
Abstract

This diary contains travel writings from December 23, 1886 and January 18, 1887. The unidentified writer was traveling in Cuba with a friend named Charlie Starbuck. He mentions visiting a bullfight by Luis Massantini, a holiday celebration, a balloon ascension by Captain Infanti, and seeing Sarah Bernhardt. The last half of the notebook is filled with irrelevant writings (recipes, notes, etc.).

Dates: 1886 - 1887

Garden Estate Sugar Plantation Slave Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0900
Abstract

Signed manuscript dated January 2, 1827 tallying and describing the slaves of Garden Estate in Trinidad, being a register of slaves working this sugar plantation from 1813 to 1822, and listing 92 individuals by the English names assigned to them, their approximate age, their occupations, health, distinguishing tribal marks, and country of origin.

Dates: 1827 January 2

Jamaica Coffee Trade Manuscripts

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0840
Dates: 1803 - 1810

Slaves of the Brazilian Royal Family Manuscript

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0806
Abstract

An account of births and deaths at Santa Cruz, an enormous royal plantation on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. The table has a section for slaves (born, died, ran off, recovered) and for various types of livestock (cattle, sheep, horses, pigs). At the foot are noted the number of slaves, civilians, and soldiers who were in the plantation's hospital.

Dates: 1820

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