Abolition of the Slave Trade
In the early 1830s, the Portuguese government appointed
progressive prime minister, the Marquês de Sá da Bandeira,
most important reform was the abolition of the slave trade
The decree, however, could not be enforced adequately, and
Britain's Royal Navy to put an end to the activity in the
the nineteenth century.
In 1858 slavery was legally abolished in Angola.
slaves had already been freed in 1854, but the 1858
declared that all slavery should cease by 1878.
passed to compensate owners and to care for the freed
many of the colonists found ways to circumvent the decree,
the actual conditions of labor did not change
Data as of February 1989