Today in Latin American History
Law Abolished Slavery in Puerto Rico in 1873
Photo: Former slaves in Puerto Rico
Today in Latin American history, a law is approved by the Spanish National Assembly in Puerto Rico to abolish slavery in 1873.
The owners were compensated with 35 million pesetas per slave.
The slaves were not emancipated - they had to buy their own freedom, at whatever price was set by their previous owners.
The law required that the former slaves work under a three-year contract either for their former masters, other people interested in their services or for the “state”.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican-American TV writer and executive Carlton Cuse who is best known for LOST was born in 1959
- Today in LatAm history, Dominican baseball player Juan Uribe who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers was born in 1979