Aug. 31, 1756

“An Act for raising a sum of Money yearly to defray the Expenses of the Government,” passed by the Council and Assembly of Barbados [Present-day Barbados]: “[…] And to the end that the Nation or People, called Jews, dwelling in this Island, may also bear a just proportion of this Tax: Be it enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That the said Nation or People, shall some time between the first day of May, and the said first day of July, in every year during the continuance of this Act as aforesaid, pay to the said Treasurer, the sum of two hundred and ten pounds current money of this Island, that is to say, the Jews dwelling in Bridge Town, shall pay the sum of one hundred and ninety: and the Jews dwelling in Speightstown, the sum of twenty pounds, over and above their Levies on Negroes, Mills, Kilns and Houses; to be equally rated and adjusted by the respective Vestries of the said Towns wherein the said Jews dwell, in like manner, upon the like oath, and under the like penalty for all persons offending, as is hereinbefore appointed, upon the Assessment of all other the Inhabitants of the several towns of this Island.” [Researcher’s note: This particular levy, payable by Jews only, was in addition to the general taxation of everyone (including Jews), as provided in the bill.]
Friedenwald, Herbert. Material for the History of the Jews in the British West Indies. Publications of the American Jewish Historical Society, No. 5 (1897), pp. 45-101. Page 98. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 5/14/2020