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Parliamentary document

Parliamentary document


Parliamentary Document in booklet form: An Act to make further Provision for facilitation and completing the Distribution and Payment of Compensation for Slaves upon the Abolition of Slavery. [18 May 1841].

The Abolition, or end, of slavery happened in 1834.
The slave owners and their supporters accepted the loss of their property (slaves) in return for compensation (money) from the government. £20 million was paid to slave owners by the British government, as compensation for this loss. Slave owners in Bristol received over £500,000 (worth about £25 million today); a vast sum at that time.

Contributed by John Judkyn Memorial.

Date: 18 May 1841

Copyright: The American Museum in Britain, Bath

Object ID:NA 041

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