Emancipation Timeline: 1772-1888



Download 12.43 Kb.
Date conversion15.02.2016
Size12.43 Kb.

Breaking the Silence – Learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade www.antislavery.org/breakingthesilence




Emancipation Timeline: 1772-1888



1772

In Britain, Lord Chief Justice Mansfield rules that English law does not support slavery, thus laying the basis for freeing England’s 15,000 slaves.


1774

The English Society of Friends votes for the expulsion of any member engaged in the slave trade.


1775

Slavery abolished in Madeira.


1776

The Societies of Friends in England and in Pennsylvania in the U.S. require their members to free their slaves or face expulsion.


1777

The Constitution of the State of Vermont prohibits slavery.


1780

The Constitution of Massachusetts declares all men to be free and equal; a judicial decision in 1783 interprets this as meaning that slavery should be abolished.


Pennsylvania adopts a policy of gradual emancipation, freeing the children of all slaves born after 1 November 1780 on their 28th birthday.
1784

Rhode Island and Connecticut pass gradual emancipation laws.


1787

The “Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade” is set up in England.


1791

The Haitian Revolution begins.


1794

The French National Convention abolishes slavery in all French territories. This is repealed by Napoleon in 1802.


1799

New York State passes a gradual emancipation law.


1800

U.S. citizens barred from exporting slaves.


1804

Haiti declares independence from France, and slavery there is abolished.

New Jersey adopts a policy of gradual emancipation.
1805

The Constitution of Haiti provides that any slave arriving in Haiti is automatically both free and a citizen of the country.


1807

England and the United States prohibit their citizens from engaging in the international slave trade.


1813

Gradual emancipation adopted in Argentina.


1814

Gradual emancipation begins in Colombia.


1820

Britain begins to use its naval power to suppress the slave trade.


1823

Slavery abolished in Chile.


1824

Slavery abolished in Central America.


1829

Slavery abolished in Mexico.


1831

Slavery abolished in Bolivia.


1838

Slavery abolished in all British colonies.


1841

The Quintuple Treaty is signed, under which England, France, Russia, Prussia and Austria agree to search vessels on the high seas in order to suppress the slave trade.


1842

Slavery abolished in Uruguay.


1848

Slavery abolished in all French and Danish colonies.


1851

Slavery abolished in Ecuador.


Slave trade ended in Brazil.
1854

Slavery abolished in Peru and Venezuela.


1862

Slave trade ended in Cuba.


1863

Slavery abolished in all Dutch colonies.


1865

Slavery abolished in the U.S. as a result of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution and the end of the Civil War.


1871

Gradual emancipation initiated in Brazil.


1873

Slavery abolished in Puerto Rico.


1886

Slavery abolished in Cuba.


1888

Slavery abolished in Brazil.









The database is protected by copyright ©essaydocs.org 2016
send message

    Main page