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Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

First Africans in English America

 
 
First Africans in English America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, September 8, 2007
1. First Africans in English America Marker
Inscription. The first documented Africans in English America arrived at Jamestown in August 1619. A Dutch man-of-war captured them from the Spanish, who had enslaved them, and sold them to the Virginia colonists. The “twenty and odd” Africans, some of whom had been given Spanish names, may have been treated like indentured servants and later freed after their periods of servitude expired. From this beginning the institution of slavery evolved during the 17th century as the Virginia colonists extended the length of service for Africans from a fixed term to life. The United States abolished slavery in 1865.
 
Erected 1992 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WT-1.)
 
Location. 37° 13.782′ N, 76° 46.823′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 31) near Colonial National Historical Parkway, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. This marker sits on a road that runs parallel to Jamestown Rd. It can be accessed off of Colonial Pkwy. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Africans In Jamestown (here, next to this marker); Jamestown
First Africans in English America Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. First Africans in English America Marker
"First Africans in English America" is in a cluster of six markers.
(a few steps from this marker); First Germans at Jamestown (a few steps from this marker); First Poles Arrive (within shouting distance of this marker); Jamestown Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Pocahontas (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel H. Yonge, Civil Engineer (1843-1935) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Greate Road (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
More about this marker. This marker sits with 4 others: V44,WT2,W38,V45.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study First Africans in Virginia marker shown.
 
Also see . . .  Virginia changing marker denoting where first Africans arrived in 1619. "There cannot be two first landing sites ... after a thorough review by Virginia and Jamestown scholars and historians it was confirmed that the first Africans landed at Point Comfort in Hampton and they were later dispersed to plantations including Jamestown." (Submitted on August 21, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansColonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,461 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 31, 2016.
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