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The History of Slavery In America (part 1 of 3)
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How it all began

The arrival of the “20 and odd” African captives aboard a Dutch “man of war” ship on this day (August 20) in the year 1619 historically marks the early planting of the seeds of the American slave trade. Although American slavery was not a known institution at the time, this group of Africans was the first to go on record to be sold as involuntary laborers.


While not much is known about the captive Africans, it has been speculated by many that they were part of a prize for a slave trader heading to the Spanish West Indies. Many theories abound with the most prominent being that, like White settlers, Blacks who arrived in America that could not afford passage in to the colonies would become indentured servants