Habana: Lito. de la Marina, Calle del Obispo, No. 115, . Engraved form, completed in manuscript, measuring 14 x 13.5 inches. Folded. Separation along fold line from bottom edge, with minor loss, not affecting text. A few small losses from ink burn, not affecting legibility. Contemporary ink stamp. Light soiling and some discoloration, particularly along old folds. About very good. Item #2023
A rare certificate that documents an insurance policy on a Cuban slave with "La Providencia...Compañia General Cubana Para el Seguro Mutuo de los Valores de los Esclavos". The slave on whom this policy was taken was a forty-six year-old man from Congo, given the name Antonio Abad, whose personal details and identifying marks such as hair and eye color and facial features are given at the left of the document; he was apparently missing a tooth on the right side of his lower jaw. The subscriber to to the policy, which was worth six hundred pesos for a term of five years, was a man named Francisco Ferrer de la Calleja in Havana, who seems to have been subscribing on behalf of a woman named Dorotea Quiñones. The document is signed by the subscriber and the director of La Providencia, Miguel de Embil, and dated March 17,1856. A very interesting record of the financial system surrounding slavery in Cuba during the mid-19th century.