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By Consuelo E. Stebbins

ISBN-10: 0813030501

ISBN-13: 9780813030500

 
This is the tale of the Cuban citizens of nineteenth-century Key West, Florida, and their fight to free up Cuba, as advised through 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 legitimate files, newspapers, coded messages, and informants’ studies, Stebbins faucets right into a wealth of vital and distinctive information regarding the function of Key West and its population within the ongoing fight among Spain and its colony Cuba, in addition to the us’ position alongside the sidelines of this broader clash. one of the records are private reviews describing Cuban insurgents’ actions and the secretive community they confirmed to speak with their coconspirators in Cuba and through the Caribbean.
Discovered within the documents of the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores in Madrid, the gathering covers 3 significant sessions in Key West’s historical past, the 1st from 1842 to 1867, because the consuls mentioned at the island’s maritime actions as America’s southernmost port urban and as a tremendous salvaging base for shipwrecks alongside the harmful Florida reefs. starting with the 10 Years conflict in 1868, the small island maritime neighborhood replaced dramatically as millions of Cubans fled to Key West and located paintings in thriving cigar factories, reworking the neighborhood financial system into one of many nation’s wealthiest via generating natural Havana Clears in the course of the Eighteen Nineties. by means of the mid Eighties, the Cuban émigré colonists managed the rebel circulation 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 nice hearth of 1886 destroyed the industrial district. This occasion marked the start of the ultimate interval, climaxing with the Spanish-American struggle in 1898. 
Accessible examining 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 charm not just to historians of Key West and South Florida yet to students of maritime historical past, hard work family members, and progressive experiences as well.         

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According to the new policy, the amount of taxes due 36 City of Intrigue, Nest of Revolution was based on the weight of the cargo, instead of the vessel. When the Spanish consul recommended that the same policy be honored in Key West for Spanish vessels, the official at the customs house ignored his request. ” I asked the Honorable Baldwin, administrator of the customs house, if they would honor the same stipulation here with the Spanish vessels from Cuba. Mr. Baldwin said he would continue charging the Spanish vessels according to their tonnage and not on the weight of the cargo until he received orders to do otherwise.

Gieger, an arms supplier, testified that he had seen the book used to note the vessel’s location. He said the book was very dirty and wet, and the section he read contained notes related to her 1853 trip from New York to Hamburg and another from New Orleans to Nantes, noting her departure on July 2, 1854. ” I noted for the record that the piece of paper found with the date, May 17, 1854, written in Spanish probably had nothing to do with the Horatio. Mr. Browne, the owner of Browne and Curry Company and a resident of this city who deals in arms, testified that when he arrived in Havana aboard his vessel, Florida, he heard that officials in Cuba had recently discovered the landing of 240 blacks who were seized and taken to Havana.

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. 17 France and Britain also maintained consulates in Key West to oversee their nations’ shipping interests. Owing to the resignation of the interim French consul, a local named Mr. Pinckney, the Spanish consul agreed to represent France until the French government appointed a new consul. When the French frigate Circe ran aground twenty miles from Key West, the Spanish consul assumed responsibility for the adjudication of her cargo.

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