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The 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act and compensation claims

In August 1833, Parliament passed An Act for the Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Colonies, converting enslaved people into apprentice labourers and taking steps to protect their work and wellbeing. These papers show the complaints of some estate owners over the compensation process.

Please note this page highlights documents that discuss enslavement as a trade and as a condition, focusing on compensation for estate owners and investors, not on the liberated people. They are presented here to accurately represent our records and to help us understand the past. Care is advised when engaging with archival materials on the history of the slave trade as they can cause an emotional reaction.

The story of Robert Wedderburn

Read about Robert Wedderburn

Robert Wedderburn (1762–1835) was a British-Jamaican radical preacher, abolitionist and writer.