Havana, Cuba, Shipping Ledger
Scope and Content
This collection consists of a single ledger maintained by an unidentified shipping merchant operating in Havana, Cuba, during the early 19th century. Included are descriptions of transactions, with name of ship and shipmaster, goods shipped, destination, and date. The shipments were overwhelmingly bound for merchants in Boston, Massachusetts, and consisted largely of coffee and cigars ("segars") but also included candles, lard, sugar and other goods. The ledger entries suggest that the volume belonged to the firm of Miralla & Co., later operating as Miralla, Knight & Co. A later owner used the volume as a recipe book, pasting into it recipes clipped from newspapers. Many of these were later removed, causing damage to the ledger, but several remain.
- 1820 - 1822
- Miralla, Knight & Co. (Havana, Cuba) (Attributed name, Organization)
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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The entries in this ledger suggest that it was maintained by a firm operating under the name Miralla & Co., and later, Miralla, Knight & Co. An advertisement appearing in the Boston Daily Advertiser of February 14, 1817, reads in part: "Havana.--Samael Curson [Samuel Carson?] and George Knight, inform their friends and the public, that they have formed a Copartnership in trade, under the firm of Miralla & Co. for the purpose of transacting American Commission Business in Havana." No further record or mention of the firm could be found.
0.2 Cubic Feet (1 box )
This collection includes a ledger maintained by shipping merchant operating in Havana, Cuba (possibly the firm of Miralla, Knight & Co.), with transaction descriptions noting goods shipped, names of ships and shipmasters, dates, and prices.
Source of Acquisition
The Havana, Cuba, Shipping Ledger was purchased by Special Collections in 1988.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Havana, Cuba, Shipping Ledger by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing and description of the Havana, Cuba, Shipping Ledger commenced and was completed in September 2011.
- Havana, Cuba, Shipping Ledger, 1820-1822
- John M. Jackson, Archivist
- 2011 (CC0 1.0)
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