THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 453.
An Extract from the Minutes of the General Assembly
of Tobago. 1786.
Source:-Paris. Archives Nationales.
State Papers Colonial. C 10. E 3.
Published by the courtesy of the Minister
of the Colonies. Paris.
Translated from the French.
4th February 1786.
The Governor had forwarded to the Assembly, the
Requisition from the King of France for a gift of the
sum of 200,000 livres a year, to assist in maintaining
The Assembly agreed to pay this amount for the
years 1786 and 1787 but humbly prayed that the amount
for the year 1785 be remitted as the crop of the Island
had fallen far below the usual yield.
The Assembly then passed a Bill to raise 200,000
livres by placing a poll tax upon all slaves. Certain
Civil and Military Officers were exempted from this
tax; as also were widows with dependent children.
This Tax was fixed at 22 livres 10 sols, Currency
for each slave between the ages of 14 and 60 years.
In order to obtain an equitable contribution from
merchants, artizans and others, an additional Tax of
8% on the capital value was levied on all buildings in
Scarborough, Plymouth and Georgetown.