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CO Files from The National Archives, UK


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Der Online-Service bietet Zugang zu einer Sammlung von Akten des Auswärtigen Amtes aus dem Bestand der National Archives in Kew, die die Geschichte der verschiedenen Gebiete in der Karibik unter britischer Kolonialherrschaft von 1624 bis 1870 untersucht. Die Themen reichen von der Besiedlung und den kolonialen Rivalitäten in der Region über die Wirtschaft der Plantagensysteme und die Auswirkungen der Sklaverei bis hin zu Verbrechen und Bestrafung und dem Alltagsleben der Menschen, die die Inseln ihr Zuhause nannten.
Die Datenbank enthält Verwaltungsunterlagen, Handels- und Schifffahrtsaufzeichnungen, Protokolle von Ratssitzungen sowie Einzelheiten über das Leben auf den Plantagen und die koloniale Besiedlung.

Colonial Caribbean

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Adam Matthew Digital

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This extensive digital resource covers three centuries of Caribbean history. Drawn from the vast archives of the British Colonial Office, this is simply an essential resource for all students and researchers of the Caribbean and British colonial rule.

This enormous range of unique primary sources covers British governance of 25 territories in the Caribbean from 1624-1872, meeting teaching and research needs across a wide variety of themes, from settlement and colonial rivalries in the region, to the economics of the plantation systems and the impact of slavery, to crime and punishment and the everyday lives of the people that called the islands home.

Colonial Office File Classes

  • CO 7/1-144: Antigua and Montserrat (Original Correspondence)
  • CO 8/1-31: Antigua (Acts)
  • CO 23/1-203: Bahamas (includes Turks and Caicos Islands up to 1848)
  • CO 28/1-213: Barbados
  • CO 37/1-200: Bermuda
  • CO 71/1-141: Dominica
  • CO 101/1-130: Grenada
  • CO 110/1-25: Guadeloupe
  • CO 111/1-382: British Guiana, formerly Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo (Original Correspondence)
  • CO 116/1-239: British Guiana, formerly Berbice, Demerara and Essequibo (Miscellanea)
  • CO 123/142: British Honduras
  • CO 137/1-454: Jamaica
  • CO 152/1-106: Leeward Islands (Original Correspondence)
  • CO 154/1-6: Leeward Islands (Acts)
  • CO 166/1-7: Martinique
  • CO 175/1-20: Montserrat
  • CO 184/1-19: Nevis
  • CO 239/1-123: St Christopher (St. Kitts), Nevis and Anguilla
  • CO 245/1-10: Santo Domingo
  • CO 253/1-147: St. Lucia
  • CO 260/1-113: St. Vincent
  • CO 285/1-88: Tobago
  • CO 295/1-254: Trinidad
  • CO 301/1-56: Turks and Caicos
  • CO 314/1-22: Virgin Islands
  • CO 318/1-260: West Indies
  • WO 1/19-60,404-405: West Indies

Modules include

  • Settlement, Slavery, and Empire
    Date: 1624-1832
    This first module stretches from the turbulent years of early British settlement to the rise of the abolition movement, amongst the fierce rivalries with the Spanish, Danish, French and Dutch in the Caribbean region. 'Settlement, Slavery, and Empire, 1624-1832' documents the rise of absentee landlords, and traces the rise and decline of the slave trade, from the regular transportation of enslaved peoples through trade and shipping, to the rise of the abolition movement.

  • Colonial Government and Abolition
    Date: 1833-1849
    The second module of Colonial Caribbean explores a crucial shift in the fight to end slavery. The documents cover the passing of the Slavery Abolition Act and the impact this had on the government of these islands, including the introduction of apprenticeships and resistance to the changes in legislation.

  • Economic Change and Indentured Labour
    Date: 1850-1870
    The third and final module of the expansive Colonial Caribbean collection studies a turbulent period of economic decline and uprising across the region. The documents, drawn from The National Archives, UK, explore the rise of indentured labour of Chinese and Indian workers against a backdrop of injustice and poverty in previously enslaved communities leading to widespread rebellion across the Caribbean.

Material Classes

  • FO 65: Foreign Office and predecessor: Political and Other Departments: General Correspondence before 1906, Russian Empire, 1781-1905
  • FO 106: Foreign Office: Political and Other Departments: General Correspondence before 1906, Central Asia, 1899-1905
  • FO 371: Foreign Office: Political Departments: General Correspondence from 1906-1966
  • FO 539: Foreign Office: Confidential Print Central Asia,1834-1971

Period covered


Source archive

The National Archives, UK

Key themes

  • Absentee landlords and estate ownership
  • Crime and punishment
  • Finance and economy
  • Trade and shipping
  • Law and governance
  • Mutiny and piracy
  • Plantation governance, maintenance and labour
  • Religion
  • Slavery, abolition and emancipation
  • Uprisings and revolts
  • War and the military
  • Material types
  • Appointments of Governors and Agents
  • Census data and statistics
  • Correspondence
  • Draft bills
  • Land Board papers
  • Legislative acts
  • Maps and plans
  • Medical reports
  • Military reports
  • Newspapers
  • Ordinances
  • Petitions
  • Proclamations

Editorial board

  • Kristen Block, University of Tennessee
  • Heather Cateau, University of the West Indies
  • Christopher Hodson, Brigham Young University
  • David Trotman, York University, CA
  • Nuala Zahedieh, University of Edinburgh
  • Dan Gilfoyle, Principle Records Specialist, The National Archives, UK
  • Kristy Warren, Research Fellow with a focus on the Transatlantic Histories of People of African Descent, UK
  • James Dawkins, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Lizabeth Paravisini, Vassar College, US


Global History

Key features

Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR)

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