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12 Caribbean Nations Want Britain, France, and the Netherlands to Pay Slavery Reparations

Liz Dwyer

Formal apologies don't change the lasting legacy of slavery in the Caribbean. Now a dozen Caribbean nations are banding together to demand that Britain, France, and the Netherlands, nations that were key players in the Transatlantic slave trade, pay reparations to them. How much? Well, "Britain at the time of emancipation in 1834 paid 20 million pounds to British planters in the Caribbean, the equivalent of 200 billion pounds today." The slaves got nothing.

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