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Bernabé Sánchez Letterbook

Identifier: MS Group 179

Scope and Content

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


  • Creation: 1898-1900



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

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

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

El Senado has since been renamed Noel Fernández. 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 cabellerías.


0.03 Linear feet (1 volume)

Language of Materials



A letterbook containing copies of letters written by cattle rancher and financier Bernabé Sánchez of Cuba between 1898 and 1900.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of selected items in the Bernabé Sánchez Letterbook are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digi tal objects.

A Guide to the Bernabé Sánchez Letterbook
Finding aid prepared by Carl Van Ness
November 2004
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America