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Jamestown: The First 100 Years

The First Africans: 1619–1662

Afternoon Course

Monday, January 30, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1CVB07
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Africans arriving in Virginia, Harper's Monthly Magazine illustration, 1901

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While the early days of Jamestown were marred with struggle, conflict, and tragedy, the settlement would survive as the first permanent English colony in North America, from which the seeds of the United States grew. 

Unearth the tumultuous first century of Jamestown with Mark Summers, the public historian for the Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project.

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The First Africans: 1619–1662

In 1619 the English were confident in the success of Jamestown. Tobacco was booming, and hundreds of new English settlers were arriving each year. In that same year, the first documented Africans were forcibly captured and brought to Virginia to work the tobacco fields. This would begin a long and complicated history of race in America.

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