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    Sale 2068 | Lot 26
    Price Realized: $1,150With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2068 Lot 26

      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
      Estimate $1,000-1,500

      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.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $1,150