Thursday, May 11, 2006

Slavery Abolition Commemoration Day

FRANCE: It is slavery abolition commemoration day in France today. This has made France the first former slave trader in the world to set aside a day to honour victims of its hideous legacy.

For almost 300 years, French traders captured and enslaved Africans on its Caribbean colonies. France was Europe's fourth largest slave trader after Portugal, England and Spain and transported about 1.25 million slaves.

France abolished slavery in 1794, after a successful revolt by slaves in the island colony of Haiti.

Story source: African News Dimensions

The above image is from US State Dept: Trafficking in Persons Report

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