Catalogue description Colonial Office and predecessors: Barbados, Original Correspondence

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Reference: CO 28
Title: Colonial Office and predecessors: Barbados, Original Correspondence

This series contains original correspondence relating to Barbados.

Date: 1689-1951

Bound volumes arranged chronologically, and from 1802 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:

See also CO 318

For correspondence relating to Barbados from 1874 to 1885 see CO 321

For later records see CO 1031

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 343 volume(s)
Publication note:

Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies, 1574-1739 (HMSO, 1860-1994; CDROM edition, Routledge, 2000)

Unpublished finding aids:

For registers of correspondence see CO 326 under West Indies before 1850, CO 376 (Windward Islands) from 1850 to 1885, and CO 565 from 1886. For indexed précis of correspondence see CO 714

Administrative / biographical background:

Barbados was annexed by Britain in 1625 and settled by 1627, in which year the office of governor and a legislative council were established. A house of assembly was constituted in 1639. Barbados was a member of the Federation of the West Indies which was set up in 1958 but dissolved in 1962. It became an independent state within the Commonwealth on 30 November 1966.

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