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

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1806 2015
Created Date: 1861
Description: Records for the ship the Grey Hound, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Torices Puente y Co. On this trip, the Grey Hound brought three settlers from China to work for a railroad company.

Created Date: 1861
Description: Records for the ship Grey Hound, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with the Company Asiatica, Torices Puente y Co, and Ferran y Duperris. On this trip, the Grey Hound brought settlers from China to work for the railroad in Matanzas.

Description: List of Chinese settlers who ran away from their owners and were later captured. After capture, they were held in the Municipal Slave Deposit in Santa Maria del Rosario. Their names, ages, and nationality are listed along with the dates of their escape and capture.

Created Date: 1858
Description: List of Chinese settlers who ran away from their owners and were later captured. After capture, they were held in the Municipal Slave Deposit in Santa Maria del Rosario. Their names, ages, and nationality are listed along with the dates of their escape and capture.

Created Date: 1863
Description: Relates that Agustin, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements. He was baptized and had a record of employment.

Created Date: 1864
Description: This is a letter from Manuel Aliatoe to the Governor Bishop of Havana concerning the baptism of Chinese settlers.

Created Date: 1867
Description: Maria, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. Maria offered her loyalty to the Cuban government and the church in order to eventually receive permanent residency in Cuba, a legal requirement. Ramon Ibarra Pastor is listed as her godfather.

Created Date: 1866
Description: A letter of good conduct for the Chinese settler, Bentura.

Created Date: 1862
Description: Letters from the diocese in Remedios concerning the baptism of Chinese settlers who are brought to Cuba to work.

Created Date: 1863
Description: This is a letter of good conduct from Manuel Quevedo about the Chinese settler, Valentin. 1863.

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.