Back to top

Danish government plans a ten-year abolition in the Danish West Indies but local slaves demand immediate freedom

Caribbean and West Indies, 1857, zoomable map
07/02/1848
Reacting to news that the Danish government would abolish slavery in the Danish West Indies (today the U.S. Virgin Islands) by 1859, local slaves took to the streets to demand immediate abolition, which colonial governor Peter von Scholten granted the following day. (By Brian Bockelman)
Source Citation: 
Leila Amos Pendleton, "Our New Possessions -The Danish West Indies," Journal of Negro History 2, no. 3 (July 1917): 278-279.

Tabs