The New England Colonist Living In The New World In The

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The New England colonist living in the new world in the early 1600’s went from a society that had a few slaves, to a society that accepted slavery as a way of life by the early 1700’s. Not one single event or year can be definitely set as to when slavery became a permanent staple of the colonies. The institution of slavery was introduced over time. It took a little over a century of perpetuating laws, codes, and failed rebellions before African slavery became a corner stone of colonial life. For almost 400 years slaves were taken from Africa and displaced throughout the world. The first Africans slaves arrived in Virginia in the early 1600’s and millions more would follow throughout the coming centuries. Shortly after colonist…show more content…
With more and more slaves arriving each year so did the reliance on African slaves. In a short period of time the colonists began to rely heavily on slaves and based their societies on the work of slavery. To protect their interest and way of life, each state began to enact laws that would further cement the institution of slavery. In 1662, the state of “Virginia enacted a law of hereditary slavery meaning that a child born to an enslaved mother inherits her slave status. Massachusetts reversed a ruling dating back to 1652 that allowed blacks to train in arms. New York, Connecticut, and New Hampshire passed similar laws restricting the bearing of arms. In 1663 Maryland legalized slavery. In 1664, New York and New Jersey legalize slavery. In 1664, Maryland is the first colony to take legal action against marriages between white women and black men. In 1664, The State of Maryland mandated lifelong servitude for all black slaves. New York, New Jersey, the Carolinas, and Virginia all pass similar laws. In 1666, Maryland passed a fugitive slave law. In 1667, Virginia declared that Christian baptism will not alter a person 's status as a slave. In 1668, New Jersey passed a fugitive slave law. In 1670, The State of Virginia prohibited free blacks and Indians from keeping Christian (i.e. white) servants. In 1674, New York declared that blacks who convert to Christianity after their enslavement will not be freed.” As more laws
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