(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) CUBA. Pair of "Patronato Law" cases. 29 and 40 leaves, each consisting of various legal documents, printed and in manuscript, some written on both sides; some heavy foxing to a few documents; Cuban government stamps. Matanzas, Cuba, 1881; 1882
Beginning in 1880 and continuing through 1886, the "Patronato Law" made it possible for over 100,000 Cuban slaves to gain their freedom. However, the process, similar to the "gradual abolition" statutes of the United States, was not simple. The present pair of Patronato cases are typical of the bureaucracy that the slaves faced. Each case runs to forty pages, with official testimony from the slaves owners or "patrones," "reliable witnesses" as to the character of the person seeking freedom, etc. In the first case, Rufina, belonging to Jorge Cuenca seeks freedom for her daughter Bibiana. In the second case, Cayetano Carabali seeks freedom from his patron, Eugenio Barroso.
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