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Title
Decree Prohibiting Intermarriage
Collection

Miscellaneous Afro-Latin America Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1810-12-18
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: Sc MG 418
Shelf locator: Box 2, Folder 30
Topics
Blacks -- History -- Latin America
Blacks -- Social conditions
Slavery -- History -- Latin America
Slaves
Enslaved people
Cuba
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Intermarriage
Genres
decrees
Notes
Content: Decree prohibiting intermarriage between whites and blacks, mulattoes, Chinese, or other castes. Mentions three cases: Jose Betancourt (white) and Catalina Truxillo (parda); Josefa Espinosa (parda) and the son of Don Bernardino Monteagudo (white); Rafael Garzes (white), a soldier, and Maria Josefa de Regla Travieso (a free morena). These three cases (the first two of which were in Cuba) were brought to the attention of the Viceroy of Nueva España who ruled that mixed marriages were prohibited, especially marriages between people of "known nobility and pure blood" and blacks, mulattoes, and other castes, regardless of the age and legal status of the parties involved. In making this ruling the decision was also influenced by cases reported in Buenos Aires in which mature individuals of "evident purity and nobility" had sought marriages with free blacks and mulattoes.
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
Spanish, Castilian
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18401028
MSS Unit ID: 22005
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 63969b50-dfcb-0132-b68f-58d385a7b928
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1810: Created
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Decree Prohibiting Intermarriage" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1810. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/652a4a20-dfcb-0132-2654-58d385a7b928

Chicago/Turabian Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. "Decree Prohibiting Intermarriage" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed November 19, 2019. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/652a4a20-dfcb-0132-2654-58d385a7b928

APA Format

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library. (1810). Decree Prohibiting Intermarriage Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/652a4a20-dfcb-0132-2654-58d385a7b928

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Decree Prohibiting Intermarriage