Archive Fever: “Remigia’s Choice”…

Laura Repullo took notes on a case in the Archivo General de la Administración in Alcalá de Henares which is a real heartwrencher.

In 1913, Higinio Reviejo Bravo (from Sotillo de la Adrada, Avila) and Remigia Blázquez Sánchez, travelled on the Willesden from Gibraltar to Honolulu, with their four children.

Marcelino, who was 18 years old, was taken to work on a plantation, while the other five family members remained in quarantine. During the medical examinations, the authorities discovered that Germán, who was 14 years old, was a deaf mute, and that Fructuoso (aged 16) and Lorenzo (aged 10) both suffered from trachoma. The officials wanted to deport the entire family, but the couple did not want to abandon Marcelino, who had already placed been on a plantation. So the parents decided to stay in Hawaii with Germán, and send the two young children back to Spain with other deportees who agreed to take care of them on the journey. That´s where the trail in the archive ends…

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