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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 free up Cuba, as advised by means of 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 records, newspapers, coded messages, and informants’ experiences, Stebbins faucets right into a wealth of significant and unique 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’ function alongside the sidelines of this broader clash. one of the files are personal stories describing Cuban insurgents’ actions and the secretive community they demonstrated to speak with their coconspirators in Cuba and through the Caribbean.
Discovered within the records of the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores in Madrid, the gathering covers 3 significant classes in Key West’s historical past, the 1st from 1842 to 1867, because the consuls suggested at the island’s maritime actions as America’s southernmost port urban and as an incredible salvaging base for shipwrecks alongside the damaging 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 throughout the Eighteen Nineties. through the mid Eighteen Eighties, the Cuban émigré colonists managed the rebel flow from in a foreign country as they tirelessly plotted the overthrow of the Spanish colonial executive in Cuba. All their plans got here to a short lived halt whilst the good 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 analyzing for the armchair historian, this in-depth view of Key West in the course of a few of its such a lot 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, exertions family members, and innovative stories as well.         

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To seek permission to release the slave. , so I decided to leave the situation as is for the moment and later I would try to convince him to turn the slave over to me. I appeared before the justice of peace on my appointed date, taking copies of Thompson’s Digest, Florida Laws, and articles related to runaway slaves. Based on these legal precedents, I argued that the slave should be turned over to me. I presented the documents I had received from the owner of the slave in Cuba, which were authenticated by the American consul in Havana.

The consul described the predicament of Captain Fanouillaise as he tried to pay his debt to the wreckers. Captain Fanouillaise of the French frigate Circe tried to borrow money in Key West to pay for the salvaging operations of his vessel, but none of the local businessmen agreed to loan him the money because his vessel was too old. Even though her cargo of wood is valuable in Europe, here it is not worth very much. I have had to provide for him and the twenty-two crew members because the captain has not been able to raise any funds, but I cannot continue to take care of them.

In answer to your communication of this date, allow me to inform you that Mr. Hackley met with Captain Skinner and a copy of this interview will be forwarded to the secretary of state. During that meeting, Captain Skinner confirmed the information you related in your letter to me today. I will send you a copy of Mr. Hackley’s memorandum if you so desire. In view of your letter, you will not consider it irrelevant if I suggest to you that the subject matter of your letter does not, in my judgment, come within the scope of your functions as consul of her Majesty the Queen of Spain as the subject relates wholly to the execution of our own municipal laws, with which Spain can have no concern.

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