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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.


Investigation of the origin of Juan Canton, a Chinese settler who has escaped form his owner and later captured. He is imprisoned in the Depot of Maroons in Bejucal.

Created Date
1869

List of Chinese settlers who have escaped from their owners and were later recaptured.

Created Date
1870

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 Bejucal. Their names, ages, and nationality are listed along with the dates of their escape and capture.

Created Date
1879

This is a list of Chinese settlers who were imprisoned in a particular jail from April to August 1858 in Cienfuegos for running away from their masters and breaking their contracts. These runaways are referred to as "maroons". One was reported as requiring a stay in the hospital while five others were returned to their owners.

Created Date
1858

Register of Chinese settlers "Maroons" (who have escaped from their owners) in the town of Guanabacoa in August 1858

Created Date
1858

Register of Chinese settlers "Maroons", or Chinese settlers who have escaped from their owners. These settlers were later recaptures and imprisoned in the town of Guanabacoa in February 1858

Created Date
1858

Register of Chinese setters "Maroon" (who have escaped from their owners) in the town of Guanabacoa in October 1858.

Created Date
1858

List of Chinese settlers who ran away from their owners and were later captured. After capture, they were held in the Depot. Their names, ages, and nationality are listed along with the dates of their escape and capture.

Created Date
1858

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 Guanabacoa. Their names, ages, and nationality are listed along with the dates of their escape and capture.

Created Date
1858

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 Guanabacoa. Their names, ages, and nationality are listed along with the dates of their escape and capture.

Created Date
1858