Aims and objectives
The Barbados Archives proposes the digitisation of The Barbadian (1822-1863). The newspaper covers the transition from the colonial, pre-modern to the modern era, including the Emancipation (1834), and the end of the apprenticeship system (1838). It is an important resource for understanding Barbados’ early 19th century history, and by extension, British colonial history. Digitising The Barbadian, after The Mercury, the Archives will enable scholars to trace the transition from the “news” being told from the perspective of the minority white-colonial enslavers to that of the black majority struggling to define freedom out of the tragedy of their colonial history.