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Early Slavery

donated to site by Roberta Estes

 

Who were these people and what happened to them? I mean the non-Christian group. 
A Virginia census taken in March 1619 tabulates a population of 928 individuals residing in the colony. Among the 928 were "4 Indians, 18 Negro men and 17 Negro women all called non-Christians" this group identified as being "in the service of seu[er]all planters.." In August of 1619 John Rolfe writing to the Treasurer of the Virginia Company in London notes that "about the latter end of August, A Dutch man of Warr...brought not anything but 20 odd Negroes which the Governor and Capt. Merchant brought for victualle..." Whether enslaved or free (but indentured,) their story is the beginning of the African presence in British North America. 



http://www.afrigeneas.com/states/va/  
Take a look at the above site. It's very good. 

 

 

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