Slave Manumissions and Freedmen in Seventeenth-Century Barbados

1984 (J. S. Handler and J. Pohlmann) “Slave Manumissions and Freedmen in Seventeenth-Century Barbados.” William and Mary Quarterly 41: 390-408.

This article focuses on the manumission process and the characteristics of manumitted slaves from 1650 to 1700. The discussion treats various manumission devices but focuses on 80 wills that manumitted 123 slaves; also discussed are eight deeds with 10 manumissions. Although small, the sample constitutes the largest single body of data available on slave manumissions for any seventeenth-century English colony.

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