The West India Committee’s History

 

Timeline

1735

Establishment

Establishment

The West India Committee is established in Bishopsgate, London to protect trade in the British West Indies

1767

Breadfruit voyage

Breadfruit voyage

Commissioned Captain Bligh to introduce the breadfruit and mango to the West Indies to overcome food shortages

1798

London River Police

London River Police

The London River Police is founded, which is the forerunner of the London Metropolitan Police

1802

West India Docks

West India Docks

Instrumental in the building of the West India Docks in southeast London, at the time the biggest brick building in the world

1836

Slavery Abolition and Emancipation

Slavery Abolition and Emancipation

The West India Committee coordinated fundraising to end slave ownership and slave labour. After emancipation in the British West Indies, the Committee reached out to slaves from Portuguese and Spanish colonies in the Caribbean and assisted them in being granted asylum in declared safe havens.

1847

Continental Security Force

Proposed to UK’s Parliament, a continental security force for Africa to protect against slave-trading and deter would-be slave traders

1915

The West Indian Contingent Committee

The West Indian Contingent Committee

The West India Committee became the secretariat of the West Indian Contingent Committee administering to the needs of the 16,000 strong British West India Regiment during the First World War

1943

War Services Appeal

War Services Appeal

WIC War Services Appeal for West Indies servicemen in World War Two. Poster advert for charitable event at the Lyric Theatre.

1948

University of West Indies Chapel

University of West Indies Chapel

WIC supported the building of University of West Indies Chapel.

1980

WIC Library Donation

WIC Library Donation

The majority of the library of WIC transferred to the University of West Indies

2012

Partnership with University of West Indies

Partnership with University of West Indies

WIC takes Prince Harry to the University f West Indies

2013

The House Paliament's Magazine

The House Paliament's Magazine

WIC partners with The House Parliament's Magazine to produce the first "Guide to The Overseas Territories of the Caribbean" supplement.