Transcript of "An Act for the Order and Government of Slaves" passed by the General Assembly of British West Florida.
@ Alabama Department of Archives and History, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36130
DescriptionMost of the act deals with the punishment of slaves who have violated the law. Possible offenses include running away; gaming; stealing; selling merchandise; carrying weapons; drinking alcohol; "assembling in great numbers...and drumming or making other noise"; "feasting or meeting together in numbers in the night time"; and staying out late without permission. The act also gives penalties for people who assist or exploit slaves; explains the process for trying "Free Negroes Mulattoes Indians or Mustees"; and stipulates that "no Slave shall be made free by becoming a Christian."
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