Catalogue description Colonial Office and Predecessors: Trinidad Original Correspondence

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Reference: CO 295
Title: Colonial Office and Predecessors: Trinidad Original Correspondence

This series contains original correspondence relating to Trinidad. With the exception of the first volume which covers the years 1783-1817, the correspondence commences in 1802. After 1888 correspondence relating to Tobago is also included.

Date: 1783-1951

Bound volumes arranged chronologically and mainly within the following subject headings: Despatches (letters of the governors), Offices (letters of government departments and other organisations) and Individuals (arranged alphabetically). Each volume with a contents list, or précis of each letter giving name of correspondent, date of letter and subject matter. From 1926 the correspondence is arranged in subject files.

Related material:

For further original correspondence, 1797 to 1801, see:

For earlier records of Tobago see CO 285

See also CO 318

For earlier records of Tobago see also CO 321

For later records see CO 1031

WO 1/93

WO 1/94

WO 1/95

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 656 files and volumes
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Unpublished finding aids:

For registers of this correspondence before 1850 see CO 326, after 1850 see CO 372. For indexed précis of correspondence see CO 714.

Administrative / biographical background:

Trinidad was a Spanish colony until 1797 when it was occupied by Britain. It was formally ceded to Britain in 1802. The island of Tobago (formerly administered through the Windward Islands government) was amalgamated with Trinidad from 1 January 1889 after which time the colony was known as Trinidad and Tobago. From 1958-1962 Trinidad and Tobago was a member state of the Federation of the West Indies. It became a fully independent state within the Commonwealth on 31 August 1962, and a republic in 1976.

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