French Refugees (1803-1809)
The following LDS Church microfilms are collections of correspondence
from the French Consular delegations regarding refugees from St-Domingue
(Haiti) to Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa
||FHL INTL Film #
|Santiago de Cuba
|Santiago de Cuba
French Plantation Owners Resident in Cuba (1843)
The following .pdf (Portable Document Format) file is a transcription
of a list of French plantation owners resident in Cuba in 1843. The data
is taken from microfilms of the Diplomatic Archives of the French Ministry
of Foreign Relations. The transcription was done by one of our readers,
Emmanuel de la Burgade, who has kindly given us his permission to publish
it in CubaGenWeb.
Etat propriétés rurals Français à Cuba
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Everything on the list is in French. We have translated the column headers
right on the document for your convenience. The following notes were provided
The spelling of a few names was hard to determine and sometimes I
might have made the wrong choice ("a" for "o", "n" for "rr", "sn"
for "m", "s" for "r", etc...). When I had a doubt I wrote possible
A "cavallerie" equals 10 "carreaux" and a "carreau" is approximatively
equal to 1 ha 13 a 7 ca (I think the latter units of measure are the
same for the anglo-saxon system :-)). (N.B. "Cavallerie" is probably
the same as the Cuban "Caballeria".)
You may be able to write to the Ministry Archive to get a copy (but
I'm not sure it works from outside of France because of the need for
payment (?)). As this document is on microfilm, you need to supply
the document description and number, and the pages you want to copy
(number of the "feuillet", recto or verso). The address: Archives
diplomatiques 37 quai d'Orsay - 75007 PARIS - FRANCE.
Following this list, on "feuillet" 96 recto-verso, 97 recto-verso
and 98 recto, was the list of the French plantation owners in Puerto
Rico. I haven't transcribed it but you may request a copy from the
This list includes only rural properties, with an estimated total
value of $13,750,290. The list does not include industrial and urban
properties with an estimated value of FRF 10 million.
The following translation list may be helpful in desciphering the entries.
||idem (same as above)
|marrié, non marrié
||married, not married
||coffee, coffee plantation
|sucre, cane de sucre, sucrerie
||sugar, sugar cane, sugar mill