More than a century since its abolition, the slave trade is still an issue among both its victims and its perpetrators.

Until this practice — the procuring, transporting, and selling of human beings as slaves, in particular the former trade in black Africans as slaves by European countries and North America — was abolished by French colonies in 1848, France played a leading role in the slave trade, buying millions of slaves in its African colonies.

“From 1628 to 1642, French sailors captured slaves on foreign slave ships and brought them into the French colonies.

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