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Danish Emancipation of Slaves, Part III

Danish Emancipation of Slaves, Part III

After other nations had abolished slavery in their Caribbean colonies, for example the British in 1833, there were also forces that worked for a gradual abolition of slavery in the Danish colony. Not least of these was the colony’s Governor-General, Peter von Scholten, who implemented several reforms that eased conditions for the slaves.

In 1843, for example, the slaves were given Saturday off, just as they already had Sunday off. It meant that they could work for themselves, save money, and perhaps even buy their freedom.

The question of emancipation of the slaves was often discussed at the Assembly of the Estates of the Realm in Denmark in 1844. It was in 1847 it was decided that the children that were born to slaves in the future would be free, and that slavery would entirely cease in 1859.

However, during the following year, 1848, revolutions broke out several places in the world. France experienced the February Revolution, and revolutions also broke out in Haiti and Venezuela.