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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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No Escape from Slavery
1662
Virginia enacts a law of hereditary slavery meaning that a child born to an enslaved mother inherits her slave status.

1662
Massachusetts reverses a ruling dating back to 1652 that allowed blacks to train in arms. New York, Connecticut, and New Hampshire pass similar laws restricting the bearing of arms.

1663
In Gloucester County, Virginia, the first documented slave rebellion in the colonies takes place.

1663
Maryland legalizes slavery.

1663
Charles II, King of England, gives the Carolinas to proprietors. Until the 1680s, most settlers in the region are small landowners from Barbados.

1664
New York and New Jersey legalize slavery.

1664
Maryland is the first colony to take legal action against marriages between white women and black men.

1664
The State of Maryland mandates lifelong servitude for all black slaves. New York, New Jersey, the Carolinas, and Virginia all pass similar laws.

1666
Maryland passes a fugitive slave law.

1667
Virginia declares that Christian baptism will not alter a person's status as a slave.

1668
New Jersey passes a fugitive slave law.

1670
The State of Virginia prohibits free blacks and Indians from keeping Christian (i.e. white) servants.

1674
New York declares that blacks who convert to Christianity after their enslavement will not be freed.

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