In August of 1619 the first 19 Africans arrived at Old Point Comfort, Virginia (today’s Hampton, Virginia) aboard the ship White Lion.
Three to four days later another ship, Treasurer arrived with more captured Africans, “28 or thirty negroes.”
The Africans are made indentured servants—not slaves.
Slavery is prohibited within the colony of Virginia by English rule of law.
The Africans after a prescribed period of indentured servitude were granted freedom and British subject hood. Their children, born in Virginia were freeborn Englishmen by law. Anthony Johnson was an early African who lived in Virginia.