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Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Africans in Virginia

 
 
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By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
1. First Africans in Virginia Marker
Inscription. The first documented Africans in Virginia arrived in August 1619 when a Dutch man-of-war landed here at Point Comfort. The Dutch captured the “twenty and odd” Africans from the Spanish, who had enslaved them, and traded them to the Virginia colonists in exchange for foodstuffs. Early Africans who lived here included Antony and Isabell, whose son, William Tucker, likely was the first black child born in present-day Hampton. The family served the household of Capt. William Tucker, commander at Point Comfort. Whether the early Africans were treated as indentured servants or as slaves is uncertain. The institution of slavery evolved during the 17th century as the term of service for Africans was extended for life. The United States abolished slavery in 1863.
 
Erected 1994 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number W-96.)
 
Location. 37° 0.062′ N, 76° 18.492′ W. Marker is in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is on Fenwick Road 0.2 miles east of Ingalls Road. Click for map. The marker is located at Engineer Wharf Fishing Pier parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lantaka (about 400
Wide view of the First Africans in Virginia Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, May 15, 2014
2. Wide view of the First Africans in Virginia Marker
feet away, measured in a direct line); Spanish 1-½ Pounder (about 400 feet away); 12-Pounder Howitzer (about 400 feet away); 3 – Inch Ordnance Rifle (about 400 feet away); Lee's Quarters (about 500 feet away); Old Point Comfort Light (about 600 feet away); Confinement of Jefferson Davis (about 600 feet away); Honoring Dr. John J. Craven (about 600 feet away).
 
Regarding First Africans in Virginia.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study First Africans in English America marker shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Encyclopedia Virginia: Africans, Virginia's First. (Submitted on May 18, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Rededicating Historical Marker for Arrival of First Africans. A state historical marker is being rededicated at Fort Monroe to recognize the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia. The new marker corrects some of the narrative in the original marker. (Submitted on August 21, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 709 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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