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Compensation claims for freed slaves

Compensation claims for freed slaves


Pinney papers.
List of slaves on various estates in Nevis, for compensation claims at Emancipation (end of slavery),
in 1834. Lists slaves by trade (head people, tradesmen, field labourers, inferior labourers etc) and their value for the owner’s compensation.

The slave owners and their supporters accepted the loss of their property (slaves) in return for compensation (money) from the government. £20 million was paid to slave owners by the British government, as compensation for this loss. Slave owners in Bristol received over £500,000 (worth about £25 million today); a vast sum at that time.

Date: 1834(?)

Copyright: Copyright Bristol University

Object ID:R-6

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