The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization chose August 23rd to be known as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.
This day was chosen because, on August 22-23, 1791, slaves revolted in the French colony of Saint-Domingue. That revolt became known at the Haitian Revolution. The Haitian Revolution is the only slave rebellion that resulted in a new republic. Because of that revolution, more people worldwide became aware of the horrors of the Atlantic Slave Trade which in turn led to the demise of the slave trade itself.
Haiti became known as the independent Republic of Haiti, on January 1, 1804. The Haitian Declaration of Independence simply stated, “We have dared to be free, let us be thus by ourselves and for ourselves.”
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