Maria Ponce

S.S. Heliopolis Manifest: Spain to Hawaii

Page from the April 26, 1907, passenger manifest of the S.S. Heliopolis

When the sugar cane and fruit companies needed laborers to work their plantations in Hawaii, they turned to indentured servitude. In return for 3 years' work on the plantation, a company would pay for the laborer's transportation to Hawaii and provide housing. My great-great-uncle, Francisco Peres Salado, arrived in just that manner. You can see…

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Many of my Spanish ancestors were granted free passage from Spain to Hawaii in return for laboring in the sugar cane fields or fruit plantations. My great-grandmother Maria Anaya (later Maria Ponce) journeyed on the SS Heliopolis in 1907.

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