Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 38

Price Realized: $ 3,120
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
RUNAWAY CHINESE & AFRICANS (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) CUBA--CHINESE COOLIE LABOR. Relacion Circumstanciada de los Cimarrones existents en el Deposito Municipal de esta Jurisdiccion, y de los Capturados durante el mez pasado. (A list of Runaway Slaves from this Municipality Captured this Past Month.) Single large folio manuscript document [43x31 cm]; paper evenly toned, iron gall ink browned. Villaclara, 1 March, 1858

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an unusually detailed list of twenty-five runaway slaves, both african and Chinese, with each individual described down to the smallest physical detail: "his body quite thin, his face large with a birthmark that runs from the middle of his back to his shoulder." The Chinese who signed on to what probably looked like a better life, in a New World, wound up fleeing the plantations in equal numbers. Though partially freed under the "patronato" system in the 1870's, all of Cuba's slaves would not be free until 1886.