Abolition Day around the world in 2020

Abolition Day around the world in 2020
Anse Cafard Slave Memorial, Martinique.
  How long until Abolition Day?
This holiday next takes place in 217 days in Martinique.
  Dates of Abolition Day around the world
2021 Various May 22, May 27, May 28, Jun 10
French GuianaThu, Jun 10National Holiday
GuadeloupeThu, May 27National Holiday
MartiniqueSat, May 22National Holiday
Saint MartinFri, May 28National Holiday
2020 Various May 22, May 27, May 28, Jun 10
French GuianaWed, Jun 10National Holiday
GuadeloupeWed, May 27National Holiday
MartiniqueFri, May 22National Holiday
Saint MartinThu, May 28National Holiday
2019 Various May 22, May 27, May 28, Jun 10
French GuianaMon, Jun 10National Holiday
GuadeloupeMon, May 27National Holiday
MartiniqueWed, May 22National Holiday
Saint MartinTue, May 28National Holiday
2018 Various May 22, May 27, May 28, Jun 10
French GuianaSun, Jun 10National Holiday
GuadeloupeSun, May 27National Holiday
MartiniqueTue, May 22National Holiday
Saint MartinMon, May 28National Holiday
  Summary
Slavery was finally abolished in all French possessions on May 28th 1848
  Which countries observe Abolition Day in 2020?
French Guiana  French GuianaJun 10National Holiday
Guadeloupe  GuadeloupeMay 27National Holiday
Martinique  MartiniqueMay 22National Holiday
Saint Martin  Saint MartinMay 28National Holiday

Like the other major European nations at the time, France was keen to expand its reach into the new world. It established colonies on the American mainland but also took control of several islands in the Caribbean.

These new settlements needed a plentiful supply of workers to drive labour-intensive activities with high mortality rates such as sugar cane plantations, with the French turning to slaves from Africa. By 1778, the French were importing approximately 13,000 Africans for enslavement to the French West Indies.

Louis X of France had abolished slavery within the Kingdom of France way back in 1315, but that particular law never applied to the colonies despite an attempt to extend it to all parts of the Kingdom in the 16th century.

Slavery was abolished by the French Republic in February 1794, but Napoleon revoked that decree in 1802.

On April 27th 1848, under the Second Republic, the decree-law of Schœlcher abolished slavery in all French colonies with a general and unconditional emancipation. The state bought the slaves from the colonists and then freed them.

The countries that observe the abolition of slavery may do so at different dates as the enforcement of the abolition took its time to reach different colonies.

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