Guayama, Puerto Rico. July 6, 1843. p. Quarto. Old folds, a few short closed tears, minor wrinkling. About very good. Item #WRCAM55715
A record of a slave sale in Puerto Rico during the late Spanish colonial period. The document records various expenditures for "Senora Dna Yrma de Gott" for the spring and summer of 1843. Along with other expenditures from April to July, 1843, the present manuscript document includes a line item from March 30 reading, "recibido de Antonini por el negro Alfred." Apparently the señora received 200 Spanish dollars or pesos for Alfred, the slave. The Spanish brought slavery to the island of Puerto Rico during the early colonial period. Slave labor fueled sugar production on the island, reaching its peak in the early-to-mid 19th century. Slavery was finally abolished in Puerto Rico 1873, after years of slave revolts against Spanish colonial rule which began in 1868. Despite its long history of slavery, records of slave sales from Puerto Rico are rarely encountered in the market.