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EMANCIPATION – THE END OF SLAVERY in British Colonies – August 1, 1834

Emancipation of Slaves – 1834


Slavery was abolished in the British West Indies with passage of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833. The British did not immediately shift to free labor. A system of apprenticeship was implemented alongside emancipation in Britain’s Caribbean possessions that required slaves to continue laboring for their former masters for a period of four to six years in exchange for provisions. Apprenticeship was abolished by each of the colonial assemblies in 1838.

The campaign for the end of slavery gained momentum in Great Britain and it was expected that slaves in the British colonies would soon be set free. Finally, on the 28 August 1833, the House of Commons in England approved the Emancipation Bill which was earlier introduced by Thomas Buxton.

The final Act, which would come into effect on 1 August 1834, stipulated that:              Continue reading

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