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British Government Passes World-Wide Ban on Slavery in British Empire

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Slavery Abolition Act 1833: A ban on slavery throughout the British Empire which was passed by Parliament receives royal assent. Slavery will be formally abolished August 1, 1834, though technically only for slaves under the age of eight.

Slaves older than eight will be emancipated in stages: they will become "apprentices," and their apprenticeships will end over time.

There are exceptions to the ban, places where slavery can continue to exist: territories in the possession of the East India Company, the island of Ceylon, and the island of Saint Helena.

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