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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 20:50:59 EDT


"The first slaves brought to America arrived in Virginia on a Dutch warship
in 1619. Initially, victims of slavery weren't strictly limited to Africans.
Some men and women from England's lower classes sold themselves or were sold as
indentured servants to pay for their voyage to America or to pay their debts.
One African named Anthony Johnson, who arrived in America in 1622, was by
1651, importing both whites and blacks as indentured servants. By that time, the
status of the African as slave had become established. By 1670, all Africans in
America were considered slaves unless they could prove otherwise. As the
demand for agricultural laborers increased, so did the importation of slaves.
Native Americans, Moors, Turks, and Jews were also sold as slaves in the
seventeenth century America."


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