Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony By: Dajha Houston

Off the coast of North Carolina in the outer banks sprang up a colony in the spring of 1863. After the win over Roanoke island to the confederate army, union soldiers were ordered by John G. Foster, a union commander of the 18th Army corps, to create a colony for former slaves. Though many slaves migrated to this colony, it was not necessarily the "need to save slaves" that drove the union army to do such a thing. Though it was more of a battle of authority with the confederates. While on the island, freed former slaves had to build their own houses and create their own community. Explore and find out more about the creation and survival of the colony.

Union commander of 18th Army Corps: John G. Foster


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