History Of Slavery During Colonial Virginia

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Morgan Hicks
November 18, 2015
Introduction to Colonial Slavery
HIST 2210

“Slavery in Colonial Virginia”

The purpose of this paper is to explain the history of slavery in Colonial Virginia. Between 1670 to 1775, slaves from Africa were transported to Colonial Virginia from three main points on the Atlantic route; Africa, the West Indies, and other British colonies. Most of the slaves were expected to already know how to perform hard labor, speak English, and have the skills valued by the Europeans. Virginia and South Carolina were the two most receiving states in America. They only had a few slave trades during this time period.This paper discusses 17th century history of slavery and the impact of the slave trade in Virginia.
The most common destinations of slaves in North America were Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia. Virginia was the biggest and more modern among the three, but was second to South Carolina for the volume of slaves. By the end of the seventeenth century, the slave trade was refined to slaves from the West Indies. After the Royal African Company’s monopoly was replaced by other slave trading companies, the number of slaves from Africa to Virginia began to rise. By 1718 most of the slaves were coming from Africa and by the end of the eighteenth century, African slaves became the single most important commodity in the Atlantic trade. With the British North American importing zone, Virginia was the next important importer for slaves behind South…
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