1st August 1834: Slavery Abolition Act comes in to force
Slavery Abolition Act 1833
This Week in History: Abolition of British Slavery
Elizabeth Heyrick, 'No British Slavery', 1830 | Abolition of Slavery
The Slavery Abolition Act 1833 abolished slavery throughout the British Empire. This Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom expanded the jurisdiction of the Slave Trade Act 1807 which made the purchase or ownership of slaves illegal within the British Empire, with the exception of "the Territories in the Possession of the East India Company", Ceylon, and Saint Helena. The Act was repealed in 1997 as a part of wider rationalisation of English statute law; however, later anti-slavery legislation remains in force.
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