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Slavery in Cuba. A Report of the Proceedings of the Meeting, Held at the Cooper Institute. New York City, December 13, 1872.

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— 23 treaty caused a new one to be drawn up between England and Spain on the 28th of June, 1835, for the jturpose of end- ing the trade in Africans, and Spain engaged to pass a law within two months alter the ratitication of the treaty to severely ])unish any of her subjects who should be detected engaged in the infamous traffic. apparently more severe than the former, but, as is Notwithstanding the fact that (2) — Spain the law" solemnly was not promised passed in to ten pass years, the law and in two months, the slave trade continued in the meanwhile. The inefficiency of the law that i^a,9 passed, and the remonstrances of the British Government obliged Spain, in 1865, to pass a new law characteristic of the Span- ish Government, it, like its predecessors, was not enforced, for the slave trade continued to flourish until the loyal and pa- triotic Cubans, goaded to madness by the bad faith of the gov- ernment, the treachery of the officials, and the continuance of the inhuman and infamous traffic, resorted to the means that were inaugurated by the American patriots in 1775, when such martyrs as our Crispus Attacks resolved to lay down th^r lives to save their country from foreign oppression. In 1865, an association was formed by the express permis- sion of the Captain General, its object being to aid the com- plete and final suppression of the illicit known as the African Slave trade, trade " and its members bound themselves on their honor, not to acquire possession in any shape, directly or indirectly, from the date of their joining the association, of any African negro landed on the island subsequent to the 19th day of November, 1865." The Spaniards, mostly slave traders, were greatly alarmed

members of the association of being i-evolutionists, and induced the Cap- tain General tu they accused the withdraw the permission he had granted

finally the Commissioners from Cuba and Porto Kico, elected by the city councils of those islands,

Madrid to report upon the reforms which their constituents claimed, de- manded, on the 29th of January, 1869, that the African Slave trade should be declared piracy. They obtained not the slightest and sent to encouragement, as Spain has always maintained that the institution of slavery is indispensa- ble in the Antilles to keep them dependent; if, after the revo- lution in 1868, any compromise has been proposed by the Span- ish Government it is to be attributed more to the fear ol the

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