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Backhouse Cuban Account Book

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS.0919

Cuban Sale of Slaves Manuscript

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 — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0889

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 — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0920
Dates: 1865 July 21

Cuban Slave Manuscripts

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS.0922
Dates: 1845 - 1886

Provincia de Matanzas Termino Municipal de Cardenas Manuscript

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS.0850

A handwritten and highly detailed register of semi-emancipated slaves under the Cuban concept of the patronato, meaning, an intermediate status between slave and free. This register gives the names of over 1400 people who were provisionally released from slavery after Cuba began its gradual emancipation. Each listing provides the owner's name, the former slave's name and age, and details about them.

Dates: 1883

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