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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.


Date Range
1861 1866


List of 400 Chinese settlers contracted in the port of Macao and sent to Cuba aboard the boat Jovem Thomas in October 1866.

Created Date
1866

Records for the ship Alfonso de Albuquerque, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba. On this trip, the Alfonso de Albuquerque brought settlers from China to do fieldwork.

Created Date
1864-06-30

Records for the ship Port Durant, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba. On this trip, the Port Durant brought 179 settlers from China to work.

Created Date
1865

Records for the ship Queen of England, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba. On this trip, the Queen of England brought twenty-seven settlers from China to work.

Created Date
1865

Records for the ship David, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba. On this trip, the David brought 48 settlers from China to work in the fields.

Created Date
1866

Records for the ship Francasa Grambille, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Y. M. Zangroniz y Co. On this trip, the Francasa Grambille brought settlers from China to work in the countryside.

Created Date
1866

Records for the ship Francis P. Sage, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with the Empresa de Colonos Asiaticos. On this trip, the Francis P Sage brought Leo Lihon from China to work in the countryside. They were transported to Cuba aboard the ship Francis under contract with Hipoltio Teller. These workers were hired to work as a domestic servant

Created Date
1861

Records for the ship Francis P Sage, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Torices, Puente y Co and Ferran y Dupierris. On this trip, the Francis P Sage brought settlers from China to work in the countryside.

Created Date
1861-05-27

Records for the ship Aoon, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Ferran and Dupierris and la Alianza. On this trip, the Aoon brought 104 settlers from China to work. Most were hired by Jose Baró and one was hired by Agustin Terran.

Created Date
1865

Records for the ship Kate Hooper, which brought Chinese settlers from China to Cuba under contract with Ferran y Dupierris and Torices, Puente y Co. On this trip, the Kate Hooper brought six settlers from China to work in the fields.

Created Date
1861