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01/08/1834

Slavery abolished throughout the British Empire

On this day in 1834, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire. This followed the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 coming into effect. This freed more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa as well as a small number in Canada.

At this point in history, the British were the biggest proponents of the abolition of slavery worldwide.

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