Legacies of the Slave Trade

When colonial slavery was abolished in 1833 the British government paid £20 million to slave-owners as compensation for the loss of their "property". In today's terms that figure equates to around £16.5 billion. The enslaved received nothing.

Legacies of British slave ownership

Legacies of British Slave-Ownership is the umbrella for two projects based at University College London (UCL):

  • The Legacies of British Slave-Ownership
  • The Structure and Significance of British Caribbean Slave-Ownership 1763 to 1833.

UCL has produced a searchable and freely accessible database of all slave-owners in the British Caribbean at the time slavery ended. The starting point for this work was the records of the Slave Compensation Commission, which distributed the compensation to slave-owners.

The UCL database concerns slave-owners. Registers of the enslaved are held by the National Archives. Further information is also available from The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.