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 the title of Hans Heese.

The Census of the Free Black Community database contains 686 entries.

Please note that errors or omissions are likely to be found and should be verified via its original source.

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

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