The 1832 emancipation registers and the 1848 special registers

Since 18th May 2023, the Registers identifying enslaved persons in the former French colonies (1666-1880) have been listed in the international register of the UNESCO “World Memory” program. Among these documents are collections conserved by the Reunion departmental archives.

For several decades now, the Reunion departmental archives has been carrying out the work of classification, restoration, digitisation and enhancement of these sets of documents: the emancipation registers, held since 1832 and the 1848 special registers are available online, and can be accessed and appropriated by the general public.

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