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Today in Latin American History

Law Abolished Slavery in Puerto Rico in 1873

Law Abolished Slavery in Puerto Rico in 1873

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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”.

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