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PENNSYLVANIA SLAVERY: An Introduction


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BRIEF HISTORY

As early as 1864, Africans were brought to Pennsylvania to be purchased as slaves. Although slave labor was often used to clear land in the new settlement, some large plantations (or farms) did exist. Unlike the southern plantations where cotton, sugar cane, indigo and rice were grown, plantations in Pennsylvania primarily raised grains which were more suited to colder weather. Separate rooms within the planter's house were often, but not always, used to house slaves. Not only were slaves used for agricultural labor, the local iron was usually supported by slave labor.

References
-- Slavery in Pennsylvania. George F. Nagle. http://www.afrolumens.org/slavery

LINKS
PA Genweb: General Pennsylvania genealogical information.
Slavery In Pennsylvania: Extensive information on slavery and slave sales in PA

 




PENNSYLVANIA SLAVE WORKPLACES

Listed by County and Workplace Title Followed by Owner(s). Workplaces with unknown titles are listed as the owner's name (itallicized, first name in parenthesis).

DAUPHIN CO.

Fort Hunter Plantation: McAllister
 

 


WHERE TO FIND PENNSYLVANIA PLANTATION RECORDS

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