Chronological List of Early Caribbean Slave Narratives

1684: Thomas Tryon’s Advice to Gentleman Planters (“Dialogue between a Negro and his Master”)

1709: “Speech by a Black of Guardaloupe [sic].” (1709) Ed. Thomas W. Krise. Caribbeana. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999: 93-100.

1735: “The Speech of Moses Bon Sa`am.” (1735) Ed. Thomas W. Krise. Caribbeana. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999: 101-107.

1749: The Royal African: or, Memoirs of the Young Prince of Annamaboe [William Ansah Sessarakoo]. London: W. Reeve, 1749. (

1775-1838: Seven Slaves and Slavery: Trinidad 1777–1838. Ed. De Verteuil, Anthony. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: Scrip-J Printers, 1992.

1799-1820: “The narratives of Ashy & Sibell.” (1799-1820). In Handler, Jerome. “Life Histories of Enslaved Africans in Barbados” Slavery and Abolition. 19.1. (1998): 129-140.

c.1808-1820: “The Memoir of Florence Hall.” The Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Powel Family papers. 1808-1820 ca. (O’Callaghan 2004, n3p181).

1824: Anonymous. Joanna, or The Female Slave, a West Indian Slave. (From Stedman’s Narrative of an Expedition Against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam 1796) Published for L. Relfe, S & R Bentley. London, 1824.

1831: Cuthbert, Salome. “Memoir of the Life of the Negro-Assistant Salome Cuthbert, a member if the congregation at Grace Hill (compiled in part from her own narrative)” from Periodical Accounts relating to the Missions of the Church of the United Brethren 103-06. (1831).

1831: Prince, Mary. The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Related by Herself. 1831 (Thomas Pringle ed.). Ed. Moira Ferguson. 2 ed. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997.

1831: Warner, Ashton. Negro Slavery Described by a Negro: Being the Narrative of Ashton Warner, A Native of St. Vincent. Ed. S. (Susannah) Strickland. London: Samuel Mauder, Newgate Street, 1831.

1834: "A Dreadful Account of a Negro who for Killing the Overseer of a Plantation in Jamaica Was Placed in an Iron Cage Where He was Left to Expire" (1834).

1835: al-Sadika, Abu-Bakr/Edward Donlan. “The History of Abon Becr Sadika” in R. R. Madden A Twelvemonths Residence in the West Indies. 1835.

1837: Williams, James. A Narrative of the Events since the First of August, 1834 by James Williams, an Apprenticed Labourer in Jamaica. London: J. Rider, 1837.

1839: Manzano, Juan Francisco. The Autobiography of a Slave. 1839. Trans. Evelyn Picon Garfield. Ed. Ivan Schulman. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1996.

1847: “Letter from W.A. Gilbert, A Runaway Slave from the Danish West Indies to the Danish King (1847).” In Slave Society in the Danish West Indies,edited by B. W. Higman, pp. 137–138. Baltimore, Md.: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992.

1854: Lee, Hannah Farnham Sawyer. The Memoir of Pierre Toussaint, Born a Slave in St. Domingo. 1854. 2 ed. Sunbury: Western Hemisphere Cultural Society, 1992.

1854 Monteith/Monteath, Archibald. "Archibald John Monteith: Native Helper and Assistant in the Jamaica Mission at New Carmel." (1854) Callaloo 13.1 (1996): 102-14.

Young Prince of Annamaboe, William Ansah Sessarakoo
Joanna or The Female Slave, a West Indian Slave.
The Venerable Pierre Toussaint