SLAVES IN THE NEW WORLD (Illustration) American History African American History Social Studies Tragedies and Triumphs Ethics Civil Rights Law and Politics Slaves and Slave Owners

In 1746, Nathaniel Parr created this engraving which depicts “Slave factories, or compounds, maintained by traders from four European nations on the Gulf of Guinea in what is now Nigeria.” Online, courtesy Library of Congress. Click on the image for a better view.


Slaves were initially shipped from Africa to Portugal, and Portugese possessions, in the 15th century.

By the time America’s first slaves were brought to the English colony at Jamestown, in 1619, slavery had become big business.  Initially, however, those African captives were really more like indentured servants instead of slaves.

As the American colonies tried to wrest their freedom from Great Britain, plantation owners in the South bought and sold Africans. A modern drawing by Jacob Lawrence, depicting an event from 1776, illustrates the reality of slavery during the American Revolutionary War.

The title of the work? "The cruelty of the planters toward the slaves drove the slaves to revolt, 1776."

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Original Release: Jun 01, 2002

Updated Last Revision: Apr 05, 2014

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