400 Years (1619-2019) After the Beginning of African Enslavement in the British Colony of Virginia


Six months from now a commemoration of the long saga of struggle
against national oppression and economic exploitation

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
African American History Month, Series Number One

In late August of 1619 approximately twenty Africans were brought to
the shore of Jamestown Settlement in Virginia, then a colony of
Britain, having been captured by Portuguese colonizers in the Ndongo
and Kongo kingdoms (in the vicinity of modern day Angola, Republic of
Congo-Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo) and then
stolen again in route to Vera Cruz on the coast of Mexico by British
traders operating a warship flying a Dutch flag for the purpose of
labor exploitation.

After being marched 100-200 miles from inland West-Central Africa, the
350 captives were loaded at the slave-port of Luanda on to the vessel
San Juan Bautista. The British traders attacked the San Juan Bautista
near its destination and took 50-60 Africans placing them on the White
Lion and Treasurer ships directed towards Virginia where these vessels
initially landed at Point Comfort (Hampton today).

Africans arrive in Jamestown Settlement in August 1619

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