Slavery Begins at Jamestown


The archaeological excavations on Jamestown Island in Virginia have revealed prolific evidence of the beginnings of British colonialism in America, and can arguably be described as the birthplace of the United States. Not as well known about Jamestown is the birthplace of another institution—slavery. In Digging the Roots of American Slavery, Popular Archaeology begins a series of articles that will tell the ongoing story of new archaeological investigations into the world where slavery began.


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