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Slavery and the Making of AmericaDramatic re-enactment of slaves being transported on a boat
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

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The Beginning
At Jamestown, Virginia, approximately 20 captive Africans are sold into slavery in the British North American colonies.

The first commercial tobacco crop is raised in Jamestown, Virginia.

The Dutch West India Company imports 11 black male slaves into the New Netherlands.

Colonial North America's slave trade begins when the first American slave carrier, Desire, is built and launched in Massachusetts.

John Punch, a runaway black servant, is sentenced to servitude for life. His two white companions are given extended terms of servitude. Punch is the first documented slave for life.

New Netherlands law forbids residents from harboring or feeding runaway slaves.

The D'Angola marriage is the first recorded marriage between blacks in New Amsterdam.

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