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

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1805 2015
Created Date: 1867
Description: Records for the ship Delangle, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Pedro Fercade. On this trip, the Delangle brought settlers from China to work.

Description: Records for the ship, Ville de Lima, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Bauraw, the agent for Pellier, Bastand and the Company of Marsella. On this trip, Ville de Lima brought 500 from China to work. The ship stopped in Macao before going to Cuba.

Created Date: 1867
Description: Records for the ship Delangle, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with La Alianza.

Created Date: 1863
Description: Records for the ship Neva, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with la Alianza. On this trip, the Neva brought settlers from China to work on road construction.

Created Date: 1867
Description: Letters from the Captain General Domingo Dulce, Bishop of Havana, ordering that the Roman Catholic clergy of Cuba "assist with the spiritual health of the Chinese settlers". This involves spreading Christianity to the settlers and converting them.

Created Date: 1862
Description: This is a letter from Claudio, governor of Havana concerning the renewal of a contract renewal of a Chinese settler. 1862.

Contributors: 伍, 于璞

Created Date: 1961
Description: A contract issued by Cafeteria Wakamba S. A. It stated that the money saved in the company could be drawn by three persons only. And when two of them agreed to draw the money, then they might draw the money successfully.

Created Date: 1974
Description: A letter written by a 84-year-old person and it was sent to Minqia. In the letter, the writer said he would try best to get the authorization. And he/ she told Minqia did not tell any person that he/ she complained to her as he/ she did not want to cause any inconvenience. Finally, he/ she said even he/ she are not as healthy as possible, he/ she also hoped the family members of Minqiu could have a good health.

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.