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McFarland Cuban Plantation Records, 1943-1991
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.
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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Cite as: McFarland Cuban Plantation Records, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
Collection processed by Dylan Joy, March 2018.
No further materials are expected for this collection.