Grenada Plantation Records

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Collection Data

The Grenada Plantation Records consist of manuscript documents from the Lataste Estate, a sugar plantation in Grenada, West Indies, dating from 1737-1845. The documents are in French, reflecting the fact that colonial control of Grenada changed hands several times during the time period of this collection. Included are deeds of sale, account records for running the plantation, inventories, survey reports about the property, total amount of rum and molasses produced, and detailed account books of profits and expenses, as well as letters and copies of letters, powers of attorney, a 1756 marriage contract, and a hand drawn folio map. Most of the letters were written by John Harvey and include correspondence regarding other properties, e.g. Estate of Rochambard and estates adjoining Lataste - Brienner and Chantilly. Inventories of slaves (last dated 1834, when slavery was outlawed) include information about illness, cause of death, first names, ages, and sometimes country of origin, color and conspicuous marks (such as amputations) and scars.
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1737 - 1845 (Approximate)
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
Shelf locator: Sc MG 383
Sugar growing
Slave records
Enslaved persons
Plantation life
West Indies
Slave records
Physical Description
Extent: .8 lin. ft. (2 archival boxes)
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b18274611
MSS Unit ID: 21020
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 40eb7330-c6c3-012f-24cb-58d385a7bc34
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