Gilbert Islanders Photograph, c. 1892
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Brief Description: 1892.  A single albumen photograph (6 1/4" x 9") with the hand stamp of Kildare y Valdeavellano photographers on the verso.  An account taken from a newspaper article dated October 15, 1892 reports the following: “San Francisco. An Examiner reporter was on the cruise of the steamship Montserrat which arrived here Thursday from San Jose de Guatemala, after having loaded in Guatemalan ports 338 natives of the Gilbert Islands, who were delivered to wealthy plantation owners under a five years’ labor contract.” The reporter traveled aboard the ship in the guise of a sailor. He wrote that the ship was a slaver and the natives were sold in Guatemala at $100 a head, the amount being taken in the guise of fares. This is the only known photograph of Gilbert Island people.
Held at:
The Latin American Library at Tulane
7001 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 5048655605
Email: chernand [at]
Record Series Number: Photograph Collection 40/(19)
Created by: Kildare y Valdeavellano
Volume: 1.0 Items
Arrangement: Folder 42
Access Restrictions: Open to the public. No known restrictions.
Subject Index
Indians of Central America -- Guatemala
Portraits -- Guatemala
Slavery -- Guatemala