A Dutch slave trader arrives in Jamestown, Virginia, exchanging the cargo of African slaves for food.
In late December, the Mayflower anchored at Plymouth Rock.
According to Dutch law, the children of manumitted slaves are bound to slavery.
Except for black servants or slaves. Free blacks still retained their firearms
Massachusetts becomes the first British colony to legalize slavery
Virginia colony enacts a law to fine those who harbor or assist runaways. Slaves are branded after a second escape attempt.
Between 1700 and 1773, more than 80,000 slaves were imported into the colony.
A slave code stating that a child born of a slave mother will be retained the slave status, regardless of its father's legal status or color
Virginia passes another slave law declaring that "Baptisme doth not alter the condition of the person as to his bondage or freedome."