Wednesday, March 22, 2006

1873 Slavery is abolished in Puerto Rico

On March 22, 1873, the Spanish National Assembly finally abolished slavery in Puerto Rico. The owners were compensated with 35 million pesetas per slave, and the 30,000 plus emancipated slaves were required to continue working for three more years.

Compensation for slave owners

former slaves of Puerto Rico

Leaders of the Puerto Rican abolitionist movement, including Segundo Ruiz Belvis,Ramon Emeterio Betances, José Julián Acosta, Francisco Mariano Quiñones, and Julio L. de Vizcarrondo, waged a long campaign to end slavery on the island in the face of wide spread rebellion.

may the ancestors be pleased

we pour libation in their memory

hoteph kesh

amani ra


Anonymous said...

its odd that the word 'abolished' is used since the slave Owners were compensated, not the slaves and they were required to continue working for the same Owner they had while they were slaves.

backward thinking.

when are the slaves compensated for the free labor they provided?

5:27 pm  
Blogger roi kwabena said...

i concur with your idea regards the word: "abolished" (it is still widely used throughout the West in the caribbean, south , central & north america plus wherever Chattel slavery was practised.)
I also feel as strongly about compensation and look forward to not only apologies but also Apposite Reparations.

11:49 am  

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