Q. 42

When was slavery finally abolished in France colonies?

Answer :

In 1848, slavery was finally abolished. In order to maintain the profits getting from the trade, the slave labourers exploited greatly. The slaves were transported to different parts of the country. But in the 18th century, the slave trade became the topic of criticism. The abolition of slavery became possible in France when the members of the National assembly began to discuss the Rights of man and whether this should also be given to the people of the colonies. But they didn’t pass it, as this might affect the slave trade and generate the criticism of the big businessman. So, in 1794, the convention was passed which announced to free all the slaves in the French overseas possession as slave trade dominated in different parts of the country.

But Napoleon reintroduced slavery, and it finally abolished in French colonies in 1848.


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