Cubans Abolish Slavery 1886

It was a day of jubilation, a day of tears of joy, after centuries of unspeakable horrors – on October 7, 1886, Spain abolished slavery in Cuba.  Since the 1500s, Havana had been one of the centers of the slave trade of the Spanish empire in the Americas.  During the 1700s, this slave trade was also transacted with the leading financiers and fighters of the American Revolutionary War. During mid-1800s, unable to resolve the issues peacefully, the North Americans fought the bloody US Civil War over slavery (1861-1865).  On both continents, Americans of African heritage would spend centuries fighting to gain equality.