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Slavery In The South🌎
The Body of Liberties used the word "strangers" to refer to people bought and sold as slaves, and this term would eventually equate to Native Americans and Africans for people of the colony. In 1654, John Casor, a black indentured servant, was the first man to be declared a slave in a civil case.
A servant in Northampton County in the Virginia Colony, in 1655 became the first person of African descent in Britain's Thirteen Colonies to be declared as a slave for life as the result of a civil suit.
Slave families lived in crowded cabins called “the quarters.” Usually bare and simple, these shelters were cold in winter, hot in summer, and leaky when it rained. Slave food was adequate but monotonous, consisting mainly of corn bread, salt pork (or bacon), and molasses. The master also usually provided a winter and a summer set of clothes, often the cast-offs of white people. Sickness was common and the infant death rate doubled that of white babies.