[ACUERDO DE LAS AUTORIDADES SOBRE COMERCIO CON EXTRANJEROS]
by [Cuba]: [Someruelos, Marques de]
Havana, 1809. pp. Dbd. Loose leaves, formerly stitched, stab holes at gutter margin. Some separation of cover leaves along fold. Alternate title provided in manuscript on front cover leaf, some offsetting from other manuscript documents on both covers. Light tanning and dampstaining. Good plus. A rare Cuban imprint announcing new regulations on agriculture and trade with the wider Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States. The directives were published by the authority of the Marques de Someruelos, the governor of Cuba from 1800 to 1812, and Juan de Aguilar, the commander of the Spanish army on the island. Though still maintaining many restrictions, the new rules sought to relax protective colonial trade laws, to promote trade, and to increase productivity and exportation. This was particularly true when it came to the island's main products such as sugar, coffee, and rum. These came at a point when trade with Spain had collapsed due to the Napoleonic Wars and cuba was desperate to find an outlet for its produce. "Considerando la necesidad urgente que hay de promover por todos medios la extraccion de azúcar, café y aguardiente que produce la colonia, en deseo de evitar el extremo de su ruina empezada á sentir sensiblemente; se declara que estas producciones deben continuar extrayéndose libres de todos derechos Reales y municipales (excepto la subvencion) por españoles y extrangeros, á reserva de hacer, y recibir en su caso las observaciones que estimulen á la innovacion." No copies traced in OCLC or at the National Library of Spain. MEDINA, HABANA 236. (Inventory #: WRCAM52041)
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