Abolition Day in Saint Barthélemy in 2022

Abolition Day in Saint Barthélemy in 2022
Anse Cafard Slave Memorial, Martinique.

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2022 Saint Barthélemy Sun, Oct 9 National Holiday
2021 Saint Barthélemy Sat, Oct 9 National Holiday
2020 Saint Barthélemy Fri, Oct 9 National Holiday

Slavery was finally abolished in all French possessions on May 28th 1848

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About Abolition Day

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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