THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 424.
The Governor General of Grenada to the Secretary of State.
Source:-Public Record Office. State Papers Colonial.
Published by the courtesy of the Master of the Rolls
and the Deputy Keeper of the Public Records.
10th January 1779.
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According to the state of the French Island of St
Lucia published by their authority in 1776, it contain-
ed upwards of 2000 whites, male and female, 1000 free
negroes and mulattoes and about 16,000 black slaves;
44 sugar estates and over 800 small cacao, coffee and
It has however within the last year, considerably
declined; the crops by no means answering the expect-
ations of the proprietors, many of whom have migrated
to the Spanish Island of Trinidad where the soil is be-
lieved to be uncommonly fertile and where vast encour-
agement is offered to the new settler.
I have the honour to be, My Lord,
Most humble and most obedient servant
Lord George Germain.
Secretary of State.