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[COLLECTION OF MANUSCRIPT DOCUMENTS ESTABLISHING THE EMANCIPATION OF JUANA MARQUEZ AND DOLORES GALUA, INDENTURED WOMEN IN LATE 19th-CENTURY CUBA]
[Cuba, 1882. Eighty-five leaves of varying sizes (as large as folio in size) comprising sixty-nine distinct manuscript documents in a variety of hands, including eight printed documents completed in manuscript. Loosely stitched. Some leaves with old folds. Chipping and small tears to edges of most leaves. Occasional foxing, tanning (heavier to a few leaves), and ink offsetting and bleedthrough. Some leaves with occasional worming (text only slightly affected). About very good overall. A significant collection of documents supporting a case for the emancipation of "morenas" Juana Marquez and Dolores Galua, from the Vinegeras family of "patronos/patronas,," namely Don José Vinegeras, Doña Dolores Boulay de Vinegeras, and Doña Valentina Cruz de Vinegeras, in the Matanzas Province of Cuba. Included are letters to the President of the Junta de Patronato, claiming their liberty ("reclamando su libertad"), due to the patrono/as not conforming with the Slavery Abolition Law ("La Ley de abolicion de la esclavitud"). Juana Marquez also makes further claims for freedom ("redencion") due of a lack of payment of her contracted wages. Also included are twenty receipts (some paid in silver) belonging to Juana and Dolores, detailing payments made to them by Cruz. Many of the documents are notarized and most are attested to with an ink stamp from a local official ("Junta Provincial de Patronato"), as well as tax stamps showing payment for processing the document by the local courts. Although the institution of slavery did not formally end in Cuba until a Spanish royal decree in 1886, it … [Click Below for Full Description]
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