How does the 1817 Slave Register of former British Colonial Dependencies for Antigua corroborate the story of Mary Prince?
When the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act was passed in 1807, the trade in captive Africans became illegal in British colonies. Because of this, British colonies began keeping slave registers, which listed colonial slaves. This was so authorities could make sure no slaves were imported from Africa. Then, in 1819, the Office for the Registry of Colonial Slaves was established in London, and copies of the slave registers were sent by the colonies to this office. Colonial slaves were registered about every three years in each colony. The practice continued through to 1834, ending with the commencement of Emancipation.
Interested in further research with the Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies? Ancestry has an excellent and easily searchable database. The Slave Registers are also available at the National Archives of the United Kingdom.