THE BEGINNING OF SLAVERY IN AMERICA
August 1619, 20 african captives were brought to jamestown
the shipment of African Americans to
Tuesday, Aug. 20th 1619 at 9pm
Jamestown, Virginia, United States
Arrival of "20 and odd" Africans in late August 1619, not aboard a Dutch ship as reported by John Rolfe, but an English warship, White Lion, sailing with a letters of marque issued to the English Captain Jope by the Protestant Dutch Prince Maurice, son of William of Orange. A letters of marque legally permitted the White Lion to sail as a privateer attacking any Spanish or Portuguese ships it encountered. The 20 and odd Africans were captives removed from the Portuguese slave ship, San Juan Bautista, following an encounter the ship had with the White Lion and her consort, the Treasurer, another English ship, while attempting to deliver its African prisoners to Mexico. Rolfe's reporting the White Lion as a Dutch warship was a clever ruse to transfer blame away from the English for piracy of the slave ship to the Dutch.
DID THEY WILLINGLY GO?
No, they obviously didn't and there were many battles before and after that day,
battles lost and won by the frican americans
they had to submit at some point because they were also threatened that if they won't cooperate their enemies will receive advanced weapons
on the way to the inland
many didn't make it to the inland for several causes such as bad treatment and bad condition
some preferred death over being slaves
torture of an african american slave
forcing African american captives into the ship to get them ready for the journey to the inland