First Slaves Arrive in Massachusetts
 

Home
Search Site
About MultiEducator
The Colonies
For Educators
World Timeline
Election Central
NationbyNation
Primary Source Documents
20th Century Almanac
Aviation History
Navy History
Railroad History
America's Wars
Biographies

Amistadt

Civics

History of Israel
Other Links
About Historycentral
Advertise
Contact US

First Slaves Arrive in Massachusetts
The first slaves are recorded as having arrived at the Massachusetts colony on December 12, 1638 on board Desire. In 1641 slavery was officially recognized in Massachusetts. In the Body of Liberty of 1641 it stated: "there shall never be any bond slaveried, villing age or Captivities amongst us, unless it be lawful captives taken in just warres, and such strngers as willingly sell themselves or are sold to us."