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Sun, 03.23.1873

Puerto Rico ends slavery

Slave Bond (copy)

On this date in 1873, Puerto Rico abolished slavery.

Leaders of the Puerto Rican abolitionist movement, including José Jull6n Acosta, Francisco Mariano Quicones, Julio L. de Vizcarrondo, Ramón Emeterio Betances, and Segundo Ruiz Belvis, waged a long struggle to end slavery on the island.

The Spanish National Assembly was crucial in abolishing slavery in Puerto Rico. The owners were compensated with 35 million pesetas per slave, and slaves were required to continue working for three more years.

Reference:
Reference Library of Black America Volumes 1 through 5
Edited by Mpho Mabunda
Copyright 1998, Gale Research, Detroit, MI

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