Chinese Immigrants in Cuba: Documents from the James and Ana Melikian Collection

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1805 2015
Created Date: 1870
Description: A contract between Jose Leon, a Chinese settler, and Jose Quintera. The contract was to last for an undisclosed amount of time and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer.

Created Date: 1873
Description: Records for the ship Amboto, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba. On this trip, the Amboto brought twelve settlers from China to work. The ship was captained by Laureano Ausuatigue.

Created Date: 1871-04-15
Description: This is a request for a certificate of naturalization that was made by a Chinese settler named Agustin Cisneros. According to the handwritten request form (which begins on page six), Agustin had already been granted his carta de domicilio, or permanent residence card, five years prior to this request. The document also reveals that Agustin was married to a woman named Lorenza Pastor, had four children with his wife, had been baptized, and worked as a cook. The document proceeding the official request for naturalization is the death certificate of Lorenza Pastor, which was signed on September 14, 1871. The ...

Created Date: 1864-10-24
Description: A between Alanzo Jeun, a Chinese settler, and Ramon Moreno. The contract was to last for a year and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Signed by Ramon Moreno, the governor of Cuba, and Alazno Jeun, who signed in Chinese.

Created Date: 1858
Description: list of Chinese settlers and slaves captured in the Municipal Deposit Slaves. Contains nationality and main characteristics of the slaves and settlers. Santa Maria del Rosario, 1858

Created Date: 1858
Description: Reports on Chinese slaves and settlers who escaped from their owners and were captured in Cienfuegos. 1858.

Created Date: 1867-03-18
Description: A contract between Lin Kun Mui or Manuel, a Chinese settler, and R. Calderon, the agent of La Alianza y Co. The contract was to last for an undisclosed amount of time and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Notes the contract was transferred to Jose Manuel Palla. Lin Kun Mui did not negotiate or sign the contract as the signature stipulates that someone else signed for him.

Created Date: 1865
Description: An identity card, or cedula, for Enrique. He was thirty one years old when this card was issued. He had a work contract with Y. S. de Castro and had completed a previous contract with the mining company, Comolidada.

Created Date: 1858
Description: List of slaves and Chinese settlers who have run away from their owners and were later recaptured in May 1858. They are imprisoned in Cardenas.

Created Date: 1864
Description: Records for the ship Vasco de Gama, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with La Alianza and Ferran y Dupierris. On this trip, the Vasco de Gama brought several settles that were hired for agriculture.

The Chinese Immigrants in Cuba collection includes hundreds of original documents, manuscripts and photos covering the migration of 125,000 Chinese who signed up to be cheap labor in Cuba from 1847 until the later 1890s. The archive continues until the 1970s and records the Chinese community in Cuba and is rich with photos. This massive collection, from the archive of James and Ana Melikian Collection, is probably the largest one in private hands concerning Chinese in Cuba. At present the collection contains over 1341 records and about 8,000-9,000 pages.