Slavery In 17th-Century Virginia

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The image of slaves working in 17th-century Virginia can be analyzed in many different ways, providing different insight and creating evidence of when the image is actually supposed to depict. The images at first glance shows that the slaves were black or at least dark-skinned (the discolouration of the photo can make it somewhat unclear), which of course aligns with most standard ideas of whom were slaves. The fact that the slaves in the image are black gives a better time-line of when the image is from, as we know that black slavery did not start to really grow in America until the 17th century (though did of course exist)1. By the 16th-century indentured-servants were required to be provided clothing and shelter, even though they were
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