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By Consuelo E. Stebbins

This is the tale of the Cuban citizens of nineteenth-century Key West, Florida, and their fight to disencumber Cuba, as informed via Spanish consuls. Stebbins argues that the consuls’ correspondence inside the Key West Collection--one of the only a few basic assets on Key West from 1842 to 1897--rewrites the island’s heritage. Drawing on authentic records, newspapers, coded messages, and informants’ stories, Stebbins faucets right into a wealth of significant and designated information regarding the position of Key West and its population within the ongoing fight among Spain and its colony Cuba, in addition to the U.S.’ function alongside the sidelines of this broader clash. one of the files are personal studies describing Cuban insurgents’ actions and the secretive community they confirmed to speak with their coconspirators in Cuba and in the course of the Caribbean.
Discovered within the files of the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores in Madrid, the gathering covers 3 significant classes in Key West’s heritage, the 1st from 1842 to 1867, because the consuls pronounced at the island’s maritime actions as America’s southernmost port urban and as a big salvaging base for shipwrecks alongside the damaging Florida reefs. starting with the 10 Years struggle in 1868, the small island maritime group replaced dramatically as hundreds of thousands of Cubans fled to Key West and located paintings in thriving cigar factories, remodeling the neighborhood economic system into one of many nation’s wealthiest via generating natural Havana Clears throughout the Nineties. via the mid Eighties, the Cuban émigré colonists managed the rebel stream from in another country as they tirelessly plotted the overthrow of the Spanish colonial executive in Cuba. All their plans got here to a brief halt while the good hearth of 1886 destroyed the economic district. This occasion marked the start of the ultimate interval, climaxing with the Spanish-American conflict in 1898. 
Accessible interpreting for the armchair historian, this in-depth view of Key West in the course of a few of its so much eventful decades--drawing on little-known eyewitness accounts--will attraction not just to historians of Key West and South Florida yet to students of maritime historical past, hard work kinfolk, and innovative stories as well.         

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The value of these vessels was $825,500 and that of their cargoes $1,837,950. 57. 44. The classification of vessels is as follows: 1 steamer, 10 ships, 7 barks, 9 brigs, and 32 schooners. Total 59. In 1854, the number of accidents was 64; in 1855, the number was 80, and in 1856, 71. Value of vessels and cargoes in distress or wrecked in 1854 was $2,242,454. The value of vessels and cargoes in distress or wrecked in 1855 was $2,844,077. The value of vessels and cargoes in distress or wrecked in 1856 was $4,714,264.

Composition sheathing nails 53 lbs. composition spikes 1 Barrel Tar $5 1 Gallon Tar 50/100 2 Barrels Pitch $10 & 30 lbs. 50 5 Bales oakum 1 Barrel ropin 5 lbs. iron nails 1 1/2 lbs. comp. Nails 7 lbs. red paint & gen. Pt. Oil 50 lbs. 9 The Italian government asked the Spanish consul to represent it in the settlement. The Sardinian brig, Fever, was coming from Trinidad and headed to Bremen carrying a cargo of sugar and some aguardiente when she ran aground. The wreckers managed to upright the vessel two days later.

I asked him to confirm the contents of the cargo aboard. The district attorney replied he had reason to suspect the Hendress was headed for Africa to engage in the slave trade. He reassured me that he would send me a complete report at a later date. The earliest the case can be heard is in two weeks. S. government. I should mention that there is another American brig, the Mary Elisabeth, registered in New Orleans and weighing about 124 tons, suspected of being a slaver. Before she left Havana on April 20 for San Tomás, she made several suspicious trips between Cuba and Key West between March 30 and April 3.

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