- These charts are NOT meant to be taken as an absolute or definitive display of ethnic origins for modernday populations!
- Ethnic labels given by Europeans do NOT per se reflect how the slaves would have self-identified themselves! (see this article for more discussion)
- Take note of the sample size, time period, region and any other details given to familiarize yourself with the CONTEXT of the chart!
- Even if limited in scope, valuable information can still be obtained if you look for the patterns!
- Sorry for all the exclamation marks 😉 It’s just that i’ve seen these kind of charts being misinterpreted so many times, not only online but also by trained historians. Which is a shame really because misleading conclusions can easily be avoided if you just take these charts for what they are: a randomized subset of slaves who might provide us with extra clues about the ethnic composition of other slaves during a given time period and for a given place/region. All depending on how representative the samples might have been.
Moravian Church Registers Antigua 1757-1833
For more details read “Antigua’s African Origins According To Moravian Church Records”
Slave Census Berbice 1819
For more details read “Guyanese Slave Census of 1819 , less specified but still representative?”
Africanisms in Jamaican Patois
For more details read “Words of African Origin in Jamaican Patois”
Runaway slaves advertisements 1718-1817
For more details read “Ethnic Origins of Jamaican Runaway Slaves”
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Saint Kitts & Anguilla
Slave Census Saint Kitts 1817
For more details read “St. Kitts & Anguilla Slave Census, least informative of African roots?”
Slave Census Anguilla 1827
Slave Census Saint Lucia 1815
For more details read “St. Lucia Slave Census of 1815 , reflecting English or French Slave Trade Patterns?”
Slave Census 1813
See also “Trinidad’s Slave Census of 1813 – Representative of African Ethnic Origins?”
Virgin Islands (US)
Oldendorp survey 1767/1768
See also ” Virgin Islands Roots (part 2)”