MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Report Letter
COMPONENTS: 10 page Letter Signed 40 manuscript pages
CONDITION: 4to, mounted on cloth stubs and disbound; minor worming and browning, laminated, inked number stamps on each leaf, Havana, 4 August 1871.
ITEM ID: 3970

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Report Advocating German Immigration to Cuba

Year: 1871
Decade: 1970s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)
Notes: Dated Berlin, 15 May 1871 as well as Havana, August 4, 1871

Lengthy report advocating German immigration to Cuba.

The heart of this letter is a transcription of a long letter from Juan Antonio Rascón, the Spanish envoy in Berlin, dated Berlin, 15 May 1871. Rascón notes the great benefits of mass German emigration to the United States and Brazil, and hopes that Germans might eventually help to replace slaves as a labor force in Cuba. Longstanding commercial ties could help speed the process, as well as Spanish subsidies for the trans-Atlantic voyage.

Rascón’s letter is prefaced by a 10-page retained Letter Signed by Blas de Villate y la Hera, Conde de Valmaceda, Governor of Cuba, dated 4 August 1871, also extolling the virtues of Germans as industrious immigrants.