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Caribbean History

Primary Sources

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Provides a history of the British Caribbean through government documents, photos, and maps dating as far back as the 17th century.
18th and 19th centuries
Showcases British Library material relating to the British West Indies.
The website provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean culture, historical, and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and print collections.
Collection of digital reproductions of nearly 150,000 titles and editions published in the UK and the Americas during the 18th century. Includes Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Part II: New Editions.
Provides full-text access to rare journals printed between 1685 and 1815, including:
  • Bermuda Gazette and Weekly Advertiser 1785
  • Daily Advertiser (Jamaica) 1790
  • Jamaica Mercury and Kingston Weekly Advertiser 1779-1780
  • Kingston Journal (Jamaica) 1789
  • Royal Gazette (Jamaica) 1780-1812
Collection of original documents focusing on Empire Studies, such as cultural contacts, literature, religion, race, class, imperialism and colonialism in continents that include North America, South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Caribbean and Australasia.
A collection contains over 200 individual items, including speeches, letters, cartoons and graphics, interviews, and articles.
Full-text access to British parliamentary papers.
Chronicles the migration of peoples of African descent to America. Covers 13 migrations including: 
A digital collection of Latin American travel accounts written in the 16th-19th centuries.
Full-text of The Times (of London).
Provides primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

Subject Specific


Slave Trade Book and Pamphlet Collection, 1680-1865
Stauffer Microfilm HT857.S42 1985t
The collection includes addresses, essays, debates in the House of Commons, petitions against the government, accounts of trials, descriptions of living conditions and Thomas Clarkson's 1808 The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament.

Enslaved Africans cutting cane in Antigua, published 1823.

Image reference NW0054, as shown on, sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the University of Virginia Library. Courtesy of authors Jerome S Handler and Michael L Tuite Jr.