The Lei Áurea, or Golden Law, which abolished Black slavery in Brazil, was adopted on May 13, 1888. It marked the last of a series of laws enacted in the second half of the nineteenth century which gradually did away with slavery in the country. Brazil, which received the largest number of enslaved Africans during the time of the transatlantic slave trade and is now home to the largest Black population outside of Africa, was the last nation to outlaw slavery in the American continent. The law itself was signed by the Imperial Princess Isabel, daughter of Emperor Pedro II. The short-lived Empire of Brazil would come to an end the following year with the ouster of the Emperor in 1889 and the eventual establishment of a republican government in the country.