Virginia enacts a law of hereditary slavery meaning that a child born to an enslaved mother inherits her slave status.
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.
In Gloucester County, Virginia, the first documented slave rebellion in the colonies takes place.
Maryland legalizes slavery.
Charles II, King of England, gives the Carolinas to proprietors. Until the 1680s, most settlers in the region are small landowners from Barbados.
New York and New Jersey legalize slavery.
Maryland is the first colony to take legal action against marriages between white women and black men.
The State of Maryland mandates lifelong servitude for all black slaves. New York, New Jersey, the Carolinas, and Virginia all pass similar laws.
Maryland passes a fugitive slave law.
Virginia declares that Christian baptism will not alter a person's status as a slave.
New Jersey passes a fugitive slave law.
The State of Virginia prohibits free blacks and Indians from keeping Christian (i.e. white) servants.
New York declares that blacks who convert to Christianity after their enslavement will not be freed.