West India Regiments Teachers' Pack (History Key Stage 3)

The West India Regiments project explores how British-armed people of African descent served within the wider British army in the 18th and 19th centuries.

This pack provides a range of suggested activities to support teachers in using materials from the West India Regiments project website. Subjects explored include colonial history, empire, the slave trade, and military history. Each themed section begins with suggested introductory reading in the form of short articles from the website, followed by close analysis of digitised primary sources.

Key topics covered in this pack:

  • Background to the West India Regiments
  • Creating the West India Regiments
  • Racial debates
  • Life of a soldier
  • 1802 Dominica mutiny
  • Internal policing (defending British rule)
  • Anglo-Ashanti War, 1873–74
  • Changing image of the West India Regiments