Today in History: Venezuela Abolishes Slave Trade

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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