Document ReferenceBu 45/13
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J. Harris], Foreign Office, London; 7 July 1858.
Date7 July 1858
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionDiscusses his meeting with Caldéron Collantes, at which they talked about the slave trade and the British Government's complaint against Spain on this matter; he stated that what was expressed in the House of Lords was fact, that the slave trade was continuing in Cuba, despite Spain's long-held engagement to suppress it; what the Spanish Government is objecting to is the offensive manner in which Britain's complaints were voiced; Collantes stated that his government wished for some satisfaction in this matter, given the strong feelings that had been aroused in Spain, or otherwise it would find itself in an embarrassing position at the next meeting of the Cortes; he argued it was impossible that the trade could be taking place without the knowledge and consent of the Spanish authorities.

Collantes argued that Spain did not have the naval resources to blockade the Spanish coast effectively and stop the trade; Collantes agreed to give the subject serious attention.
Termslavery, slave trade
politics, Spanish, Cortes
parliamentary business, speeches
parliamentary business, House of Lords
politics, Spanish
public opinion, Spanish

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA6255Collantes; Saturnino Calderón- (1799-1864); Señor; Spanish Foreign Minister 1853-631799-1864
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
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