Timeline of Events in
African American History
August 20. Twenty Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, aboard a Dutch ship. They were the first blacks to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies.
Massachusetts was the first colony to legalize slavery by statute.
September 13. The first documented attempt at a rebellion by slaves took place in Gloucester County, Virginia.
Maryland was the first state to try to discourage by law the marriage of white women to black men.
February 18. The Quakers of Germantown, Pennsylvania, passed the first formal antislavery resolution.
April 7. A slave insurrection occurred in New York City, resulting in the execution of 21 African Americans.
September 9. The Cato revolt was the first serious disturbance among slaves. After killing more than 25 whites, most of the rebels, led by a slave named Cato, were rounded up as they tried to escape to Florida. More than 30 blacks were executed as participants.
March 5. Crispus Attucks, an escaped slave, was among the five victims in the Boston Massacre. He is said to have been the first to fall.
Jean Baptiste Point DuSable decided to build a trading post near Lake Michigan, thus becoming the first permanent resident of the settlement that became Chicago.
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