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In 1619 a Dutch slave ship arrived in Jamestown with 20 Africans purchased as indentured workers. These were the first Africans in the English North American colonies. #400YearsLater
Join us as we commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the First Recorded Forced Arrival of Enslaved African People. #400YearsLater

In 1625 the first enslaved Africans arrive in the Dutch Colony of New Amsterdam (now New York City) with the Dutch West India Company. They become the city's primary municipal labor force. #400YearsLater
Slavery in the US officially lasted 246 years.

Enslaved African Americans worked ten or more hours a day in dangerous conditions & often worked 18-hour days in peak cotton-picking and sugar harvesting seasons.

They also cultivated rice, tobacco, and corn, amongst other duties.
The brutality, murder, rape, disease, and starvation of enslaved Africans were so high that some historians assess that around 15 and 25 percent of the enslaved Africans died aboard slave ships. #400YearsLater
The Transatlantic Slave Trade was the largest coerced migration of human beings in the history of the world.

An estimated 10 million to 12 million enslaved Africans were transported across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas between the 16th to the 19th Century. #400YearsLater
In 1793, Eli Whitney’s cotton gin speeds up the production of cotton and increases the demand for enslaved African Americans. #400YearsLater history.com/topics/inventi…
#DidYouKnow: in 1808, after Congress bans further importation of enslaved Africans, forced breeding and internal sale of enslaved Africans continued. #400YearsLater slate.com/human-interest…
#Fact: In 1850, Congress passes another Fugitive Slave Act, which mandates government participation in the capture of escaped enslaved Africans.

Freed Black people were captured and enslaved if they could not prove or were not believed to be free. #400YearsLater
#DidYouKnow: Wealth from the sale of enslaved Africans & their labor created global capitalism & set the economic foundation for Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. #400YearsLater
According to the @NMAAHC, “by 1860 four million enslaved people produced well over 60 percent of the nation’s wealth, and the slave trade valued them at $2.7 billion.” #400YearsLater
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