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Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management.
Book of Negroes
book is a hand-written list of Black passengers leaving New York on British
ships in 1783. It gives a name, age, physical description, and
status (slave or free) for each passenger, and often an owner's
name and place of residence. Three copies of the Book of Negroes
exist: one in England, at the Public Records Office, Kew; one
in the United States, at the National Archives, Washington;
and one in Canada, at the Nova Scotia Archives, Halifax. Knowledge
of the Black Loyalists begins with this list, made by British
and American inspectors.
Related: Black Loyalist surnames