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Emancipation of Danish Slaves

Engraving of Peter Von Scholten

The edict abolishing the slave trade did not abolish the institution of slavery.  Slavery still continued in the Danish West Indies (Vestindien).  On 3 July 1846 generalguvernÝr (Governor-General) Peter Von Scholten (who was sympathetic to the abolition of slavery) proclaimed the emancipation of the slaves in the Danish West Indies.

 

The Danish West Indies were purchased by the USA for $25m under a treaty which was ratified and proclaimed on March 31, 1917.  They now form the Virgin Islands, an unincorporated territory of the USA.

 


 

 

Links to pages dealing with the abolition of the Danish slave trade:

Denmark


Links to pages dealing with the abolition of slavery in other countries:

13th Amendment to the Bill of Rights

American Civil War

British campaign against slavery

Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton (1786-1846)

Thomas Clarkson  (1760-1845)

Abraham Lincoln

Granville Sharp (1735-1813)

Slave Trade Act 1807

Slave Trade Act 1824

Slave Trade Act 1843

Slavery Abolition Act 1833

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Joseph Sturge (1793-1859)

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Vermont

William Wilberforce  (1759-1833)


Links to other pages dealing with slavery:

Does slavery still exist?

SLAVERY SLAVE
TRADE
HUMAN
SACRIFICE

BONDED
LABOR

HIERODULIC
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TRAFFICKING

CHILD
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