Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

7/2/2012

Slave registers

Although the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act came into force in 1807, slaves in British colonies weren’t freed and ownership wasn’t outlawed. The act merely prohibited the transportation of slaves from Africa to dependencies such as those in the Caribbean. Pressure from the abolitionist movement did result in stricter regulation of slave ownership and gradually each colony was forced to keep registers of slaves, and update them every three years. for more click here

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