Census of the Free Black Community 1807 Alphabetical Index

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The Census of the Free Black Community was taken on the Eve of the Abolition of the Oceanic Trade

This census is important for when it was taken, the year before the importation of slaves into the Cape ceased. The origins of the free blacks listed here reveal who was manumitted and where they were born. The census also contains details of their spouses and partners and their origins. This was clearly a "groep sonder grense" to use Hans Heese's title. The 1807 Free Blacks Census is categorised by sequence number. The sequence begins with 1.

The 1807 Free Blacks Census database contains 686 entries

With kind permission and acknowledgements to Dr Sandy Rowoldt Shell & the late Prof Robert Shell - from the publication "Changing Hands”.

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