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Cover Type: Foreign origin, inbound to USA stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:May 28, 18
Edited on:May 28, 18
 
Postmark: Mar 29, 1855
Origin: Barranquilla, Nueva Granada, COLOMBIA
Destination: New York, New York, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

Folded letter datelined "Barranquilla 29th March 1855" to New York via Cartagena N.G. (New Granada) by Ramon Leon Sanchez, then via Panama by George W. Fletcher at Aspinwall, "Steamship 20" 30mm receiving circular marking applied at New York.  Docketing indicates that it was received in New York on April 24, 1855.  Double forwarder from the Lanman and Kemp correspondence. Ex-Marc Haas.

Excerpts from letter:
"Resthers not arrived yet. There is an American vessel loading at Barranquilla for N.York. M. Correa picking up Hides everywhere for Jesrum of Curacao. By this vessel I will send you the landing certificate of the Bags omitted p. F. Burritt. I hope --- Capt. may get Home so as to take over.
   None of the steamers have come down so that Capt. Chapman will not make 10,000 $ this voyage. The River was so low and the Boats so unsuitable that they are aground. Please send one of the 25 barrels corn meal & the other dog cheeses. Remittances going through Rodrigues my agent.  ---- paid the small draft & he hopes will pay the larger one very soon
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The geographic area of Barranquilla in present day Colombia (then called the Republic of New Granada, established in 1831) did not include mineral or natural riches and thus did not serve as a location where the Spanish maintained a permanent presence. Its importance was not appreciated until the mid-19th century, due to the introduction of steamships that navigated the Magdalena River by the German Juan Bernardo Elbers on behalf of Simón Bolívar at the founding of Gran Colombia in 1823. The route was opened on November 10, 1825. Barranquilla thus became an important port for the trading of goods with cities and towns of the Colombian interior, as well as with international merchants, and it became a principal port for the export of coffee. A customs house was built there in 1849, the Castillo de Salgar, to accommodate the new traffic.

Owner's ID: 1981a
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes