Daniel Halliday
Nov 27 · Last update 12 days ago.
What is the most historically significant event that influenced the abolition of slavery?
Many separate historical event lead to a gradual rejection of slavery in most parts of the world. Which one event was most poignant step towards the emancipation of slaves and the abolition of slavery?
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The seeds of abolitionism were sown in France
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The seeds of abolitionism were sown in France

The history of the abolition of slavery goes back to fourteenth century France when King Louis X declared that “France signifies freedom” meaning any slave that set foot on French soil would automatically be freed. Slavery continued in French colonies however, with Louis XIV later issuing the 1685 Code Noir decree guaranteeing rights for slaves. But it was through the European enlightenment that abolitionist sentiment grew, and slavery was finally abolished for the first time under the Rights of Man of the French constitution of 1795.