Danish West Indies - Slavery and Emancipation

Records: 9,950 · Complete: 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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Danish West Indies - Slavery and Emancipation
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Records: 9,950 · Complete: 100%
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January 29, 2009
Last Updated
February 5, 2009
NARA M1883. These records cover the institution of slavery and the emancipation of slaves in the Virgin Islands during Danish rule, 1672-1917.