Liberated African Department [1808-1894]

Description: The Liberated African Department was created by the British government to organise the re-settlement and ‘disposal’ of former slaves known as ‘Recaptives’ or Liberated Africans in Sierra Leone. This was an administrative agency created to deal with the people brought to Freetown on board slave vessels seized by Royal Navy patrols. The captured slave ships were adjudicated by a Vice Admiralty Court or Courts of Mixed Commission, and the African men, women and children identified as Liberated Africans were set ashore and accommodated at different locations. The Liberated African Department kept detailed records of the ‘disposal’ and treatment of individuals following their adjudication by the courts. Extent of original material: 175 volumes.

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  • Liberated African Department; Return [1845-1861]

    File Ref: EAP443/1/1/9
    Description: The main subject of this volume is on the administrative activities of the Liberated African Department. The document presents accounts such as the Return of the Establishment of the Liberated African Department in the Colony of Sierra Leone, ...
  • Liberated African Department; Nov 1816 to Feb 1819; Nos 9759 - 11905 [Nov...

    File Ref: EAP443/1/17/7
    Description: This is a list of 2149 Africans liberated from slave ships by the British Royal Navy between November 1816 and February 1819. Extent of original material: 1 volume of 372 folios. Physical characteristics of original: The volume has been reboun ...