Registry of Slaves of Bermuda 1821 - 1834
Documentary heritage submitted by Saint Kitts and Nevis and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.
The Bermuda Slave Registers, particularly the first register compiled in 1821, provide a comprehensive census of the Islands enslaved people. The Registers may be viewed as the Domes day Book for Bermuda as previously information about enslaved individuals could only be incompletely reconstructed from scattered legal documents such as wilds; bills of sale; manumissions. These Registers were created according to the terms of the regional registry system mandated for all of the British Caribbean islands as set out in instructions sent to colonial governors on 6th February 1818 (CO 854/1. Fos 58-61). The Bermuda Archives is seeking inclusion in the Memory of the World Register as an addendum to the “Registry of Slaves of the British Caribbean 1817 - 1834".