Danish West Indies - Slavery and Emancipation record example

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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Source Information

"Selected Records of the Danish West Indies, 1672-1917: Essential Records Concerning Slavery and Emancipation" database with images Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com//title/68/danish-west-indies-slavery-and-emancipation: accessed April 15, 2021)

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