Countries that paid reparations to it slave owner (with a few exceptions Exception: France made Haiti pay 150 million francs (the modern equivalent of US$21 billion). AmeriKKKa: On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Passage of this law came 8 1/2 months before Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. The act provided up to $300 (approximately $7,000 today) in compensation to former slave owners Exception: The British government paid out £20 million to compensate some 3,000 families for the loss of their “property” when slave-ownership was abolished in Britain’s colonies in 1833. France: Slave owners were compensated with a total of 126 million francs, approximately US$16 billion today. Puerto Rico: The owners were compensated with 35 million pesetas (approximately US$200,000 ) per enslaved Black person from Spain.