October 25, 2017

Matanzas Cuba Government Records on Slavery

The research for documents on our African ancestors is one of the biggest challenges that we face. Fortunately many of us who descend from those enslaved in the Caribbean have found an option in discovering more about who these ancestors are.

Up until recently, it was difficult to locate records on our African ancestors out of Cuba. However, that is quickly changing due to funded projects that are pursuing to preserving records that are in danger of disappearing.  One such effort is the digitizing of African diaspora located in Matanzas, Cuba. This is a great effort that will help many in researching their ancestors.

Matanzas was known as a major producer of sugar in the 1800s and that meant a high volume of slavery.  This region of the island was known for the high volume of those enslaved going back to the 1500s.

This is a huge collection so I'll have to do it in segments.  So the first records I came across were from the Provincial Government in Matanzas.  The links lead directly to records.


These are random records on the enslaved Africans and their descendants.

The following records are for Cimarron which are those that were enslaved and escaped and lived in the mountains.  Many of us celebrate the people that escaped enslavement. There is even a statue of one such famous man in Dominican Republic. However, since these are Cuban records, the same concept applies throughout the Caribbean.

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