Four hundred and three years ago, the first Africans were forcibly brought to Point Comfort, at the mouth of the James River, on the date recorded in the colonialist John Rolfe’s letters as “at the latter end of August” in 1619.
Taken from their homeland in Angola by Portuguese slave traders and subsequently captured by English privateers in the Gulf of Mexico, these 20 men and women were the first Africans in mainland English America, including one woman known to the historical record only as “Angela,” listed as living in the household of Captain William Pierce in Jamestown in 1625.
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