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The Barbados Census of 1680: Profile of the Richest Colony in English America

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Dunn,Richard S. (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
December, 1968
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Barbados, Colonialism, Slavery, Law and legislation, Population
On April 1, 1680, Sir Jonathan Atkins, governor of Barbados, sent a box full of statistical data about his island to the Plantation Office at Whitehall. This mass of data, filed away among the Colonial Office papers, constitutes the most comprehensive surviving census of any English colony in the 17th century.