_39979038_slavesap203.jpgAn online archive providing details of nearly 100,000 slaves owned by British colonists in Barbados during the early 19th Century has been launched.

Ancestry.co.uk features the first part of the Former Colonial Dependencies’ Slave Register Collection and will eventually detail three million slaves.Simon Harper, a spokesman for the site, said it would “help bridge major historical gaps for many people”.

This year is the 200th anniversary of Britain’s abolition of the slave trade.

The Abolition of Slave Trade Act, which was passed in 1807, made it illegal to trade slaves from Africa to British colonies. The legislation required British colonies and territories to keep tri-yearly registers. The British government was able to monitor slave ownership and stamp out illegal slave trading by registering both slaves and their owners.

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