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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 made by owner/s at Emancipation (end of slavery),
in 1834. Lists slaves by trade (head people, tradesmen, field labourers, inferior labourers etc and their value for compensation. Charles Pinney still held slaves – gained in 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: Lent to Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

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