|Wikipedia - the classic Boston Tea Party painting|
The idea for this post also came from the recent social media promotion of a history project called 1619 by its creator, The New York Times. The year 1619—in fact it was August of that year—is considered the first recorded introduction of African slaves to the shores of the New World.
QUOTE: The 1619 Project is a major initiative from The New York Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.Here’s a quick overview of what I found and adapted from multiple history websites:
It certainly wasn’t just the British. The London Company might have sent out their first expedition in December of 1606, but the French Huguenots had already built a colony near Jacksonville, Florida in 1564. This didn’t please the Spanish who were quick to establish a military fort at St. Augustine. (Our oldest city on the continent, so they say…)
Who knows how long fishing fleets and explorers from the Nordic nations and European coastal countries were passing by and setting up semi-permanent camps along the present-day Canadian Maritimes and the “New England” coast? It seems that these fishermen and hunters had decent relationships with the indigenous people (though whether they introduced diseases or not is another story). “American” history looks back to the 1580s when the English colonized Roanoke Island (now part of North Carolina), leading to one of the better mysteries of the era. (The Lost Colony of Roanoke.)
|Wikipedia- Jamestown Settlement Museum|
|Wikipedia- Massachesetts Bay Colony|
With NO CONSIDERATION of those people already living here, nor the use of slave labor. And slave labor did not always mean Africans taken against their will. As we all know, slavery would ultimately be the center of an agricultural economy.
|Wikipedia: 'slave ship'|
So thank you, readers, for your support our desire to celebrate stories of our long colonial era.