British and Foreign State Papers Volume 30
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ... expected to be obtained only from Africa. Such might be the expectations at first entertained on this view of the question. But we feel assured your Lordship will be much gratified to learn that a spirit hostile to the Slave Trade has risen up so practical in its character as to induce many planters to seek free labourers for their estates, in the place of slaves. On this subject, several disquisitions have recently appeared in the several periodicals of this city, including the monthly publication of the " Sociedad Patriotica." Of one of these, from the " Diario," or Government paper, which is also remarkable for holding a tone in favour of Creole interests, as distinguishable from those of the mother country, we inclose a translation, interesting from its novelty as well as its importance. From this your Lordship will perceive that a number of Catalan colonists, about 60, have been actually brought into this island, under a strict agreement for 6 years to labour in the field; and if _ _ _ the speculation should prosper, as we trust it may, there can be no doubt that a very severe blow will have been struck at the continuance of slavery itself, as well as of the Slave Trade. For white labourers Spain possesses an immense advantage in the teeming population of the Canary Islands, containing a hardy race, well prepared for this climate, though their habits of industry are not so well directed, it is said, as are those of the Catalans. From those 7 islands it is estimated that more than 15,000 persons emigrate every year to Cuba and South America, of whom not more than one-third come to this island. Under judicious application of her advantages, Cuba might probably secure a larger proportion of those emigrants, and so...
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