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Today in History: Venezuela Abolishes Slave Trade

  • A statue of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus is seen in front of a giant Spanish flag in central Madrid, Saturday, May 20, 2006, on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' death. Spanish researchers who have studied DNA samples from 500-year-old bone slivers say they have clarified a key mystery in the life of Christopher Columbus, his burial place, which both Spain and the Dominican Republic claim to be watching over. The verdict: the purported Columbus bones buried inside a cathedral in Seville are in fact from the explorer, said Marcial Castro, a historian and teacher who is the mastermind of the project that began in 2002. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    A statue of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus is seen in front of a giant Spanish flag in central Madrid, Saturday, May 20, 2006, on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' death. Spanish researchers who have studied DNA samples from 500-year-old bone slivers say they have clarified a key mystery in the life of Christopher Columbus, his burial place, which both Spain and the Dominican Republic claim to be watching over. The verdict: the purported Columbus bones buried inside a cathedral in Seville are in fact from the explorer, said Marcial Castro, a historian and teacher who is the mastermind of the project that began in 2002. (AP Photo/Paul White)

  • A statue of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus is seen in front of a giant Spanish flag in central Madrid, Saturday, May 20, 2006, on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' death. Spanish researchers who have studied DNA samples from 500-year-old bone slivers say they have clarified a key mystery in the life of Christopher Columbus, his burial place, which both Spain and the Dominican Republic claim to be watching over. The verdict: the purported Columbus bones buried inside a cathedral in Seville are in fact from the explorer, said Marcial Castro, a historian and teacher who is the mastermind of the project that began in 2002. (AP Photo/Paul White)

    A statue of Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus is seen in front of a giant Spanish flag in central Madrid, Saturday, May 20, 2006, on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' death. Spanish researchers who have studied DNA samples from 500-year-old bone slivers say they have clarified a key mystery in the life of Christopher Columbus, his burial place, which both Spain and the Dominican Republic claim to be watching over. The verdict: the purported Columbus bones buried inside a cathedral in Seville are in fact from the explorer, said Marcial Castro, a historian and teacher who is the mastermind of the project that began in 2002. (AP Photo/Paul White)

1) Mar 15, 1965: President Lyndon B. Johnson calls for equal voting rights in the United States.

2) In 1839: Venezuela and Great Britain sign a treaty abolishing slave trafficking. 

Did you Know?

Venezuela's Independence is tied to the history of slavery in the New World. Simón Bolívar and his followers campaigned against the Spanish tirelessly, marching across the Andes and liberating Colombia in 1819, Venezuela in 1821, and Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia in 1825. Much of his army was composed of native Venezuelans who had been forced into slavery by the Spanish Empire.

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