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Friday, 29 May 2015

What impact did French Revolution have on slave trade

What impact did French Revolution have on slave trade? 

Answer: 

1. During and after revolution, there was little criticism of slavery in France. 

2. It was totally ironical that National assembly held long debates about the rights of men but did not pass any laws to abolish slavery. 

3. In 1794, a convention was passed to free all slaves in French overseas possessions. However it turned out to be a short term measure. Napoleon
reintroduced slavery after 10 years of ban. 

4. Slavery was finally abolished in French colonies in 1848.

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