Group of Four Labor Contracts for Chinese Immigrant Workers.

Cuba; "Coolie" Labor

Publication Date: 1868
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Setting the Terms for Coolie Labor in Cuba [Cuba]. ["Coolie" Labor]. [Group of Four Labor Contracts for Chinese Immigrant Workers]. [Havana], 1868-1869. Part-printed documents, three 8-1/2" x 12," one 8-1/2" x 13." Two have some toning, the other two browned. Faint horizontal fold lines, a few worm holes, some wear and chipping to edges. Each contract endorsed with a stamped or embossed seal. * These immigration contracts for indentured Chinese "coolie" laborers are valuable sources of information. They outline the duration of the contract, the nature of the work, the hours to be worked per day, payment and special considerations. They are signed by witnesses for the workers; three of these are signed in Chinese characters. In the mid-nineteenth century, Cuban agents supplemented the slave population with thousands of Chinese indentured laborers. They were needed to build railroads and work on sugar plantations. Most contracts granted free Cuban citizenship to workers when they satisfied the term of their contracts. Several remained in Cuba. And by the end of the nineteenth century Havana had the largest Chinatown in Latin America. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Group of Four Labor Contracts for Chinese ...
Publication Date: 1868

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