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A Guide to the Don Juan Elías Maigrot Documents Relating to Rights over Sugar-refining Technology

Finding aid created by Katiana M. Bagué

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

August 2017



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Maigrot, Don Juan Elías
Title: Don Juan Elías Maigrot Documents Relating to Rights over Sugar-refining Technology
Dates: 1861-1871
Abstract: Eight nineteenth-century Cuban manuscripts confirming entrepreneur Don Juan Elías Maigrot's patent for a new sugar-refining technology.
Extent: .01 Linear feet. 1 Folder.
Identification: MSS 0404
Language(s): Spanish
Note: This guide is available in Spanish at http://www.library.ufl.edu/spec/manuscript/guides/maigrot_es.htm

Biographical/Historical Note

During the nineteenth century, Cuba experienced a boom in the sugar industry. First, Spain allowed Cuba to trade with other nations; second, Cuba's land was well suited for the cultivation of sugar. In little time, Cuba quickly became one of the world's top sugar producers. The nation also focused much of their attention on developing new sugar technology, as seen with the Maigrot documents. This boom also helped to improve the infrastructure of roads and railroads, which allowed for a more efficient way of transporting sugar from plantation to port.


Scope and Content

This collection includes eight Cuban documents issued by various colonial government entities. The documents outline the patent granted to entrepreneur Don Juan Elías Maigrot for the operation of a new sugar-refining technology. Each document is signed and authorized by different government entities, including the Bureau of Development and the Ministry of Public Works. Stamps and seals, typically located on the left top portion of the document indicate which government entity acknowledged Maigrot's patent.

The first document, dated January 8, 1861, indicated that his rights over the new technology were to last for a period of ten years. The document is stamped at the top left hand corner with a seal pertaining to the "Intendencia General de Ejército y Real Hacienda de la Habana." The second document was written and signed by Don Francisco Serrano, Captain General of Cuba during that time. In it, the Captain General elaborated on his title and stated Maigrot's rights and privileges over the newly patented sugar technology. Additionally, an intricate dry stamp with a Spanish coat of arms is found on the top left portion of the manuscript. The third document reiterated Maigrot's patent and included the Bureau of Development's authorization. The fourth document was issued by the administration of "General de Rentas Terrestres," which overlooked the state's income. The fifth document, like the third document, was also issued by the Bureau of Development and again confirmed the patent. The sixth and seventh documents are similar to the first as they were written and signed by the same individual, and were stamped with the same seal. Finally, the eighth document, while not containing any official stamps or seals discloses some information on Maigrot's endeavors.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at http://www.library.ufl.edu/spec/manuscript/guides/maigrot_es.htm.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Don Juan Elías Maigrot Documents Relating to Rights over Sugar-refining Technology, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The collection was purchased in 2016.


Contents List

Grant of rights to use the new sugar refining technology - Don Juan Elías Maigrot. 1861 January 8
Document written and signed by the Captain General of Cuba, Don Francisco Serrano, acknowledging Maigrot's patent. 1861
Document from the Bureau of Development restating and authorizing Maigrot's rights and patent. 1861 Febuary 21
Document issued by the administration of "General de Rentas Terrestres" regarding Maigrot's patent. 1861 Febuary 21
Document issued by the Bureau of Development confirming Maigrot's patent. 1861 March 22
Document written and signed by Sir Wall confirming a copy of Maigrot's patent certificate. 1861 April 13
Another document written and signed by Sir Wall restating the conditions of Maigrot's patent. 1861 April 13
An unsealed document with information on Maigrot's patent. 1861 April 20

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Cuba
Sugar trade




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