[Register of Liberated Africans Nos. 1248-3772 / British Royal Navy, Liberated African Department]




This is a list of Africans liberated from slave ships by the British Royal Navy between 1808 and 1812. These were the earliest African individuals affected by the implementation of British suppression policies following abolition in 1807. The list includes extremely rare detail of the names, ages, height and gender of the men, women and children released from illegal slave trading vessels at the Vice-Admiralty Court at Freetown. In addition, there is detailed information on the physical attributes of the individuals including scarification and other body markings. The information in the Liberated African Department is the most important source for the illegal slave trade that survives.

Unbound folios organized chronologically, with number for each individual. Data on one side of folio only.

Approximately 186 folios, verso blank.

Entries organized by number [Numbers 1248-3772].

The paper is brittle with most of the edges breaking off. The paper is very acidic and there is some mould and mildew damage. There is extensive iron gall from the ink, but there is no information on verso.





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[Great Britain. Royal Navy.], “[Register of Liberated Africans Nos. 1248-3772 / British Royal Navy, Liberated African Department],” The Harriet Tubman Resource Centre Digital Archive, accessed January 23, 2020, http://digital.tubmaninstitute.ca/items/show/362.


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