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


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.


60 Chinese settlers were hired to work in the field in 1861. They were transported to Cuba aboard the ship Leopold Cateaux. These workers were hired to work for la Compania de la Regla.

Created Date
1863-04-13

Records for the ship Leopold Cateaux, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with La Alianza. On this trip, the Leopold Cateaux brought two settlers from China to work for Jose C. Badia.

Created Date
1863-04-08