The first slaves were brought to Virginia in 1619.
Slaves were taken forcibly from Africa, and so was I.
Later still, the masters repent, and manumit their slaves. (2010: 48–49)
Based on the New York Slavery Records Index's records, his grandfather invested in 11 ships that carried 108 slaves and his father invested in seven ships that carried 46 slaves.
Still other high-status slaves worked as merchants.
At these services the slaves learned Christian hymns.
Two other elements in the Aztec social system were pawns and slaves.
About half these slaves were transported in the ships of British merchants.
On a level similar to that of slaves working in government were the so-called temple slaves.
A few slaves even rose to be monarchs, such as the slaves who became sultans and founded dynasties in Islam.
The majority of the slaves that lived on Mount Vernon did not belong to Washington; most were “dower slaves,” received upon marriage.
In nearly all societies possessing slaves, some slaves were found in what might be termed urban occupations ranging from petty shopkeepers to craftsmen.
In Egypt slaves sometimes married members of their owners’ families so that, in the long term, slaves belonging to households tended to be assimilated into free society.
Slaves were also prominent in Scandinavia during the Viking era, 800–1050 ce, when slaves for use at home and for sale in the international slave markets were a major object of raids.
There some slaves were inherited, others were purchased forever, others for a limited time could become perpetual slaves, and still others for specific functions such as estate managers.
That was particularly likely to be the case when slaves played a major role in the society, because disputes could not be resolved by the freemen alone without resort to evidence provided by slaves.
Spain also entered the market to buy slaves for its surviving American colony in Cuba, where the tobacco industry combined the modernization of the railway age with the old plantation use of slaves.
Unlike Southern plantations, where groups of slaves were relatively isolated from one another, the slaves in New York City were in frequent contact with each other, even if owned by different people.
While Lincoln, significantly, chose to wage the Civil War rather than not, and took legal steps to grant former slaves citizenship, slaves themselves struggled for centuries to be recognized as people under the law and escape their bondage.
At Yorktown, thousands of escaped slaves recruited as soldiers fought within the British lines; when the Americans compelled the British to surrender, many of the slaves were returned to their miserable bondage—including slaves owned by Washington and Jefferson.
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