Landing negroes at Jamestown from Dutch man-of-war, 1619. Photo Credit: © New York Public Library Digital Collections.

Enslaved Africans Land In The United States

The first enslaved Africans arrived at Point Comfort on the Virginia Peninsula in 1619, representing a landmark in the long history of slavery in European colonies, and the beginning stages of what would become the institution of slavery in America.

This event also marked the beginning of the enforced migration of Africans to America and the subsequent breeding of enslaved African Americans. Travel, at its core, requires movement. Thus, this event marks a critical moment in the history of Black travel.