Mar 10, 2011 - Sale 2239

Sale 2239 - Lot 30

Price Realized: $ 1,200
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
A VERY SCARCE DOCUMENT (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) CUBA. A list of 54 "Patrocinados," or partially liberated slaves from a Cuban sugar plantation. Large folio sheet, folded to form four pages, written on two; enclosed in a cover sheet; signed by the owner and the local authorities, with the stamp of the "Junta Local de Patrocinato," making these slaves partially free. Cuba, Matanzas province, 1883

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a scarce document partially emancipating 54 slaves, giving their names and origins, as well as "occupations" in the sense of what their abilities are; in this case "campesinos," or farm-workers. Most are "Criollo," meaning they were born in Cuba, however a number are listed as mixed, one is cited as African and another from Mozambique. The latter would indicate that he was taken as a slave long after both the 1807 ban on the African slave-trade as well as the British emancipation of 1834. The patronage system in Cuba was a compromise with the abolitionists, granting gradual emancipation.