Danish West Indies - Slavery and Emancipation record example

    Danish West Indies - Slavery and Emancipation

    Records: 9,950Complete: 100%

    About 85 percent of those living in the Virgin Islands today are descended from slaves, making these records especially pertinent. A slave revolt in St. Croix in 1848 resulted in a proclamation of emancipation for all slaves in the Virgin Islands. The majority of the records cover the 19th century, with the oldest dating back to 1672. Most of the records from the Danish era are in Danish, some are in Gothic script.

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    Publication Title
    Danish West Indies - Slavery and Emancipation
    Total Records
    9,950Complete: 100%
    Content Source
    The National Archives logoThe National Archives
    Publication Number
    M1883
    Record Group
    55
    Published on Fold3
    29 Jan 2009
    Last Updated
    05 Feb 2009
    Description
    NARA M1883. These records cover the institution of slavery and the emancipation of slaves in the Virgin Islands during Danish rule, 1672-1917.