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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Government and Expropriation Documents

Business Records

Printed Materials

The Benson Latin American Collection

McFarland Cuban Plantation Records, 1943-1991



Descriptive Summary

Creator: The Cuban Plantation Company of Nueces County, Texas
Title: McFarland Cuban Plantation Records
Dates: 1943-1991
Dates (Bulk): (bulk 1950-1970)
Abstract: Company records, correspondence, and legal documents related to an American-owned sugar cane plantation in Cuba: The Cuban Plantation Company of Nueces County, Texas.
Accession No.: 2017-59
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
Language: English, Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Cuban Plantation Company was organized and incorporated in the State of New York, Oct. 1, 1902. Twenty residents from Washington County, PA purchased the Sabanilla Plantation in Holguín, Cuba which was 1,000 acres of which 725 were fenced. Eventually the group of investors stopped paying off the interest on their loans except for J.F. McFarland.

McFarland would pass owenership of the company to his sons J.R. McFarland and E.J. McFarland. In 1953 the name of the company was oficially changed to The Cuban Plantation Company of Nueces County, Texas. In 1957 the two McFarland brothers agreed to a copartnership with each owning a half interest in the company. In 1952 a decree was passed in Cuba that declared communal haciendas to be divided. The McFarlands hired a Cuban attorney to establish legal claim to their land holdings and then began renting their property to Cuban tenants from 1953 to 1957.

With the Cuban Revolution underway in 1953, American land owners like the McFarlands began to feel the pressure from the Cuban government eventually leading to the government's expropriation of land holdings by Americans. Americans fled Cuba after the successful Cuban revolution ending in 1959. The McFarlands struggled for much of the 1960's in having success with the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States in hopes of receiving a settlement for their land holdings in Cuba. Ultimately, a settlement was finalized in 1971.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Correspondence series is arranged by country and within the country alphabetically. The correspondence is from Cuba or the United States with a large quantity being with the McFarland's Cuban attorney Dr. Pedro Ferrer y Coba.

The Government and Expropriation Documents series is arranged by region and within the region chronologically.

The Business Records series is arranged chronologically and document the business proceedings and company history of the Cuban Plantation Company.

The Printed Materials series is arranged by type and within the type chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

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Index Terms

Subjects
United States -- Claims vs Cuba.
Land tenure -- Government policy -- Cuba.
Places
Holguín (Cuba)
Nueces County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: McFarland Cuban Plantation Records, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Donation.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Dylan Joy, March 2018.

Additions

No further materials are expected for this collection.

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Box and Folder Inventory

Correspondence

Box Folder
1 Cuba
1 Ferrer y Coba, Dr. Pedro, 1953-1962
2 Ferrer y Coba, Dr. Pedro and Peña Bruzon, José A., 1954-1959, undated
3 Peña Bruzon, José A., 1959
United States
4 Cox, Wm. B., 1963
5 Cuban Consul, 1960
6 Ontiveros, Joe, 1959-1960
7 Zaldivar, M.J., 1966

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Government and Expropriation Documents

Box Folder
1 Cuba
8 Ministerio de Hacienda [property rights in Holguín, Cuba], 1953-1966
9 Instituto Nacional de Reforma Agraria, 1959
United States
10 Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States, 1964-1971, undated
11 Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States, 1966-1968
12 Senator John Tower, 1968
13 Congressman John Young, 1964

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Business Records

Box Folder
1 14 Partnership agreement between J.R. McFarland and G.J. McFarland, 1957
15 Notes and ephemera, 1960, undated
16 Historic background of the Cuban Plantation Company and the Deslinde Proceedings, undated
17 Meeting of the copartnership known as the Cuban Plantation Company of Nueces County, Texas, U.S.A. [move of office headquarters], 1970

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Printed Materials

Box Folder
1 18 Newsletters and magazines including Gaceta oficial de la República de Cuba, 1952-1965
19 Newspaper clippings, 1959-1991, undated
20 Postcards from Mexico and Cuba; family photograph, 1943, undated

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