North America’s 1st Black Town?

North America’s 1st Black Town?
100 Amazing Facts About the Negro: It was founded during slavery, and it wasn’t in the U.S. South.
By: Henry Louis Gates Jr. | Posted: December 3, 2012 at 12:02 AM

As I mentioned in my column about Juan Garrido, the first documented African to land in what is now the United States, in 1513, as a student I was under the impression that the first Africans arrived in the North America in 1619. That was when 20 or so slaves from Angola ended up at Jamestown, Va. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As a matter of fact, by 1620, when the Mayflower landed, about 500,000 Africans had already been shipped as slaves to the New World. In other words, those first 20 Africans who arrived in Virginia had a lot of company further to the south, starting in Florida.

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