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Old 02-12-2019, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Falchion View Post
I understand that we say that its murky. But I thought it was fairly well established that the first blacks in Virginia (the "20 and odd Negroes") were capture from a Portuguese slave ship and brought to Virginia. How could there be a term of indenture under those circumstances?
The Africans had been baptized as Christians when they were under Portuguese control, and in those days, the English couldn't bring themselves to enslave baptized Christians.