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A Guide to the Bernabe Sanchez Letterbook

Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sanchez, Bernabe
Title: Bernabe Sanchez Letterbook
Dates: 1898-1900
Abstract: A letterbook containing copies of letters written by cattle rancher and financier Bernabe Sanchez of Cuba between 1898 and 1900.
Extent: 0.03 Linear feet. 1 volume.
Identification: MS Group 179
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Bernabe Sanchez Adan, born July 15, 1841; died Sept 27, 1926. Cattle rancher and financier based in Nuevitas, Camaguey, owner of company "Bernabe Sanchez and Sons". Founded Central Senado is 1882, by combining two other properties: La Caridad and El Congreso. Bernabe managed the Ingenio until 1921.

Bernabe paid the mambises 1,000 gold pesos in 1898 to safegaurd the property. His eldest son, Bernabe Sanchez Batista, was a senior officer among the Cuban insurgents during the Ten Year War against Spain and was elected governor of the province of Camaguey in 1913.

El Senado has since been renamed Noel Fernandez. Before the 1959 revolution, it was the 24th biggest producer in the country, and employed 4,100 workers during the harvest. The estate covered 2,691 cabellerias.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one letterbook containing copies of letters written by Sanchez between September 24, 1898 and October 31, 1900. There are 504 pages in the letterbook and most are legible.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bernabe Sanchez Letterbook, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Paul Rathbone.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Sugar--Manufacture and refining--Cuba.

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