Feb 28, 2006 - Sale 2068

Sale 2068 - Lot 26

Price Realized: $ 1,150
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
SLAVES BEING SMUGGLED INTO CUBA (CUBA.) Group 17 manuscript documents and 3 telegrams, consisting of a total of 63 pages, most with official letterhead; written on pages of various sizes; some oxidation of the iron-gall ink has resulted in some minor loss of text, though understandable in context. Sagua, Cuba, 1857-58

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Long after Great Britain had moved to stop the traffic in African slaves, privateers continued to smuggle slaves into Cuba and Florida. In these documents, the Spanish governor of Sagua, Captain Gral reports to his superiors in Havana. He stresses the urgency of increasing the naval presence along the coast. Included are three early telegrams with the words cut and pasted on a large sheet of paper. Slavery was not abolished in Cuba until 1886.