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Report on Interracial Marriage

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A letter from Pedro Sanchez, the secretary of the Bishop of Havana. It details that Chinese settlers do not need a special marriage license if they marry someone who is racially different, including those of mixed ancestry.

Created

Date Created
1864

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Marriage Report

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Relates that Leonardo Sanchez, a permanent resident of Cuba and a baptized Catholic, married Marcelina Diaz. She was born in Matanzas and they had two daughters, who were both baptized and registered in the book for those of European descent

Relates that Leonardo Sanchez, a permanent resident of Cuba and a baptized Catholic, married Marcelina Diaz. She was born in Matanzas and they had two daughters, who were both baptized and registered in the book for those of European descent in their parish church. Report concerns whether or not their children, who were of "mixed race," could be considered white, determined by which book their baptisms are recorded in. Churches would use different books for Europeans, whites, and minorities.

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Date Created
1864-02-29

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Court Record

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Records pertaining to the right of a company to not pay for the burial of their employees if they die while contracted. The court ruling does mention that many settlers are poor and that the parish has struggled to find

Records pertaining to the right of a company to not pay for the burial of their employees if they die while contracted. The court ruling does mention that many settlers are poor and that the parish has struggled to find resources to help the poor, but that the bishop did not help the parishes. The Deposit of Immigrants has been persisting in changing public and legal perception of Chinese settlers as humans who have rights. However, companies are not legally obligated to fulfill a church job.

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Date Created
1867

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Contract

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A contract between Luis Esteban, a Chinese settler, and Santiago. The contract was to last for six months and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Notes that Luis Esteban completed a contract with Santiago previously.

A contract between Luis Esteban, a Chinese settler, and Santiago. The contract was to last for six months and lists the legal requirements of both the employee and the employer. Notes that Luis Esteban completed a contract with Santiago previously. Luis Esteban did not negotiate or sign the contract as the signature stipulates that someone else signed for him. This is signed by the governor, Santiago, and two witnesses.

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Date Created
1867-01-20

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List of Runaway Chinese Workers

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

Created

Date Created
1858

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Money Script

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This is a money receipt for a Chinese settler, Santiago. It was issues for twenty two pesos, but the reason why is unstated.

Created

Date Created
1863

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Contract

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This is a second labor contract that was shared between Constantino, a Chinese settler, and his owner, D. Ludres Valle. Valle was a Chinese landlord. The term of the contract was for one year (1868). This document is signed by

This is a second labor contract that was shared between Constantino, a Chinese settler, and his owner, D. Ludres Valle. Valle was a Chinese landlord. The term of the contract was for one year (1868). This document is signed by the governor of Cuba and signed in Chinese by Ludres Valle and Constantino.

Created

Date Created
1868-12-05

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Marriage Regulations

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Relates the marriage restrictions that were imposed in all of the settled communities. Several mixed marriages were either suspended or annulled by the government and the churches.

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Date Created
1806-04-02

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Burial Records

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Burial records for Chinese settlers, overseen by a bishop. They were buried in a cemetery in Havana. The bishop asked for their to be a special cemetery for Chinese settlers that was to be set up by the Superior Government.

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Shipping Records

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

Created

Date Created
1861-03-21