Slavery in Denmark

by Sadie
(Milford MA united states)

Slaves in chains

Slaves in chains

Denmark was the first European country to abolish slavery.

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The document was issued by King Fredrik VI on 1 January 1803. Denmark thus bears the honor of being the first established sovereign state to abolish the slave trade (but not slavery: that honor rests with Vermont, which abolished slavery in 1777).

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