Royal Havana Company Collection
Scope and Content
This collection includes notes about shipments of tobacco aboard the frigate San Cristóbal and the brigantine Santo Tomás, and a letter penned by Martín de Aróstegui, defending his role as president of Royal Havana Company. Aróstegui also talks in the letter about the construction of navy ships Rayo and El Fénix, which in 1749 sailed from Havana. Both ships were of good use to the Spanish navy, and especially Rayo was used in the Battle of Trafalgar, then taken by the British, and unfortunately sunken during a hurricane.
- Royal Havana Company. (Organization)
The collection is open for research.
Founded in 1740, Royal Havana Company was a collaboration between the Spanish Crown and businessmen based in Cuba. The primary goal of the company was the administration of the island's three biggest industries: shipbuilding and trading of sugar and tobacco. Martín de Aróstegui (1698-1764), was the president of Royal Havana Company, from its inception in 1740, until 1752, when accused of embezzlement and excessive recruitment of employees, and he was removed from this post by King Ferdinand VI. Eventually shipbuilding costs proved higher than expected, causing the Spanish government to conclude this enterprise after completion of ships under contract.
0.01 Linear feet (1 folder)
Language of Materials
Royal Havana Company was a Spanish company based in Havana, Cuba, which specialized in shipbuilding and trading of tobacco and sugar. This collection includes notes about shipments of tobacco, and a letter penned by Martín de Aróstegui, defending his role as president of Royal Havana Company.
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Alternate Form of Finding Aid
This guide is available in Spanish at https://www.uflib.ufl.edu/findingaids/Spanish/msgroup025.pdf.
The collection was purchased in 2012.
- A Guide to the Royal Havana Company Collection
- Finding aid created by Ana D. Rodríguez
- November 2014
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is written in English.
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