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World of 1898: International Perspectives on the Spanish American War

Abolition of Slavery in Puerto Rico

Former slaves in Puerto Rico. Military government of Porto Rico from October 18, 1898, to April 30, 1900., p. 94. Download an uncompressed TIFF (.tif) version of this image.

Leaders of the Puerto Rican abolitionist movement, including José Julián Acosta, Francisco Mariano Quiñones, Julio L. de Vizcarrondo, Ramón Emeterio Betances and Segundo Ruiz Belvis, waged a long struggle to end slavery on the island. On March 22, 1873, the Spanish National Assembly finally abolished slavery in Puerto Rico. The owners were compensated with 35 million pesetas per slave, and slaves were required to continue working for three more years.

Indemnity bond paid as compensation to former owners of freed slaves as compensation. Historia de Puerto Rico, p. 301. Download an uncompressed TIFF (.tif) version of this image.