Family in the US

The first known black Africans arrived British North America in 1619 as indentured in Jamestown, Virginia. Since English settlers died because of the harsh conditions in the colony, became increasingly more Africans taken as laborers. The Africans had for many years the same legal status as poor English indentured, who had committed to several years of work as payment for the journey to America. Africans could till the land or breed livestock to buy their freedom. They founded families, married with other Africans and sometimes with the indigenous aboriginals or with English settlers. In 1640- and 1650s owned several African families farms Jamestown and some became wealthy by colonial conditions.

Man that got slapped with a stick.

A race-based slavery system evolved not fully before the 1700s. The transatlantic slave trade had its heyday in the 1700s and the first years of the 1800s. In 1775 amounted Africans up to 20% of the population in the American colonies, and was the second largest ethnic group after the English. After the introduction of new slaves was banned in 1807, continued the slave trade within the United States, both with imported slaves, but also with children who were sold as slaves. It was quite common that white slave owners or attendants put children at black women, to make more slaves. Children of slave women were automatically slaves. In the United States developed the so-called one drop rule itself, which meant that anyone with visible black descent was regarded as "Negroes."


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