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

First Africans In Jamestown

 
 
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By Don Morfe, August 17, 2016
1. First Africans In Jamestown Marker
Inscription.  The first documented Africans in mainland English America arrived at Point Comfort (in present-day Hampton) late in Aug. 1619. Colonial officials traded food for these “20 and odd” Africans, who had been seized from a Portuguese slave ship en route to Spanish America. Some of the Africans were transported to Jamestown shortly thereafter. By 1625 at least nine African men and women lived here. Many of the colony’s early Africans were held as slaves, but some individuals became free. A legal framework for hereditary, lifelong slavery evolved in Virginia during the 1600s. The United States abolished slavery in 1865
 
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number WT-1.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansColonial EraSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 37° 13.782′ N, 76° 46.823′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, Virginia, in James City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 31) north of Greensprings
First Africans In Jamestown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 17, 2016
2. First Africans In Jamestown Marker
Road (Virginia Route 614), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Africans in English America (here, next to this marker); Jamestown (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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