The History Of Slavery In North America

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Throughout English controlled North America, slavery was not only alive, but commonplace as late as the 19th century. It was legal to own, import, sell, or breed slaves in every colony during the colonial period, and the southern states especially capitalized on this fact. Slave traders would sail ships from Africa carrying hundreds of men and women, who were then sold at auction on the mainland of North America as well as some slaves being transported to the Sugar Colonies on the islands just south of Florida. Ownership of a slave was not only a necessity for anyone seeking an economic advantage during this time, but also as a status symbol. The idea of owning another human being may same barbaric and outrageous to us today, but times
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