Lot 79 of 338:
Policeman in newly independent Cuba  

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Estimate:
$300 - $500

Title:
Case file ("Expediente") relating to the mustering in, military service, and death of a sergeant in the Cuban army just following the Spanish-American War
Author:
Place:
Cuba
Publisher:
Date:
1900-1903
Description:

Approx. 25 leaves, various sizes and types of paper, both manuscript and typed. Stitched together with cover sheet on which is written in large in script, "Año 1901. Robrigo L Polack, Sargento, No. 143." 32.5x23 cm (12¾x9").

Fascinating file of documents relating to the service of Sergeant Rodrigo Polack, in the civil guard (police, apparently, or perhaps the army) of the newly independent Cuba, which was still under the governance of the United States Military Government until May 1902. There are many historical documents related to the soldier including his "antecedentes" (police record); and there are many signatories including a document signed by Emilio Bacardi, signed as Mayor of Santiago de Cuba (Emilio was the son of Facundo Bacardi, who founded Bacardi Rum); Emilio also had a working relationship with General Leonard Wood, who was a U.S. Military Commander of Cuba during the American Occupation of Cuba. The final document, dated February 2, 1903, states that Polack died the preceding day, in the civil hospital.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Some normal wear, sold leaves foxed or darkened; very good.
 
Item number:
311156
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