Havana: 1880. Eight printed forms, completed in manuscript, each approximately 6.5 x 8.25 inches. Contemporary ink stamps. Unobtrusive perforations at top edge where previously bound. Some soiling and minor chipping at edges. About very good. Item #1991
A set of eight forms issued in 1880 by the Chinese Consulate in Havana, certifying the immigration registration and personal details of Chinese laborers in Cuba. Each form is completed with the name of the recipient, his age, place of origin, occupation, and place of residence. The present examples were completed for laborers in several towns in Matanzas province, including Cardenas, Colon, and Corral Falso (now Pedro Betancourt). The men, most of whom were given Spanish first names, varied in age from twenty-six to fifty-eight; seven were from Canton and one was from Fukin. The printed text states that, "El Cónsul General de China en la Habana, certifica que [blank] ha hecho constar en este Consulado General ser súbdito de S.M. el Emperador de la China, y como tal se halla inscrito en el Registro de dicho Consulado General, segun número y filiacion anotados al márgen." Each certificate is dated From August 18 to September 15, 1880, and is stamped with the seal of the consulate in red and with the rubberstamped signature of the Consul General Lin Liang Yuan. The forms are also all bear two ink signatures in Chinese in the left margin, a rare occurrence. Excellent documents of the bureaucracy surrounding imported Chinese labor to Cuba in the last quarter of the 19th century.