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American Indians were the first slaves in America

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Alan Maceo

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#1 May 7, 2014
The Untold History of American Indian Slavery

Long before the transatlantic African slave trade was established in North America a transatlantic slave trade in Indians had been occurring since the very earliest European arrivals. It was used as a weapon of war among the European colonists and as a tactic for survival among Indians who participated in the slave trade as slavers. It contributed to the fierce decline in Indian populations after the coming of the Europeans along with devastating disease epidemics, and lasted well into the eighteenth century when it was replaced by African slavery. It has left a legacy still felt among Native populations in the east, and it is also one of the most hidden narratives in American historical literature.

Documentation

The historical record of the Indian slave trade is based on many disparate and scattered sources including legislative notes, trade transactions, journals of slavers, government correspondence and especially church records, making it difficult to account for the entire history. It is well known by historians that the slave trade began with the Spanish incursions into the Caribbean and Christopher Columbus’s taking of slaves, as documented in his own journals. Every European nation that colonized North America utilized Indian slaves for construction, plantations and mining on the North American continent but more frequently in their outposts in the Caribbean and in the metropoles of Europe.

It is estimated that between 1650 and 1730 at least 50,000 Indians (and likely more due to transactions hidden to avoid paying government tariffs and taxes) were exported by the English alone to their Caribbean outposts. Between 1670 and 1717 far more Indians were exported than Africans were imported. In southern coastal regions entire tribes were exterminated through slavery compared to disease or war. In a law passed in 1704, Indian slaves were conscripted to fight in wars for the colony long before the American Revolution.

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#2 May 7, 2014
I learned this a while ago. Thanks regardless for your information.

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#3 May 7, 2014
Mvto *thanks*

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#4 May 7, 2014
Although I look Caucasian with long straight hair I have a little black in me but I am also 1/4 Cherokee Indian & we were never slaves.

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#5 May 8, 2014
Algertha wrote:
Although I look Caucasian with long straight hair I have a little black in me but I am also 1/4 Cherokee Indian & we were never slaves.
The Tsalagi were involved as slavers, not slaves. They had many black slaves as well as some Algonkin speakers.

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#6 May 8, 2014
While we're speaking of slavery in America... in the U$A there were many white slaves. in the 1600's in the 13 colonies there were more white slave than black. They were mostly Irish, Scots and very poor English.
Gutch

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#7 May 8, 2014
Insect Trust wrote:
While we're speaking of slavery in America... in the U$A there were many white slaves. in the 1600's in the 13 colonies there were more white slave than black. They were mostly Irish, Scots and very poor English.
The Spanish and English captured tons of Indian slaves. Squanto who helped the pilgrims used to be a slave in Spain before he escaped and
the English found him. But Jews too in Charleston started the business.

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#8 May 8, 2014
Euros were the first to be enslaved by other Europeans then the natives. Enslaved Africans were the last to be enslaved here. Black people or *neg*es* experienced the most brutal enslavement that lasted way longer than their European counterparts.

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#10 May 8, 2014
There is an argument that the Native Americans continue to be enslaved as exampled by their confinement on reservations and treatment by the BIA and our government. Just a debatable point.....
Gutch

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#11 May 8, 2014
dragonpat wrote:
Euros were the first to be enslaved by other Europeans then the natives. Enslaved Africans were the last to be enslaved here. Black people or *neg*es* experienced the most brutal enslavement that lasted way longer than their European counterparts.
Nah Europeans went to the markets in Africa and the slave were already there. Africa has had slavery for ages. Whites for the most part didn't enslave them. They bought them. And there is alot of exageration about brutal treatment. It's said for poitical reasons. Slave owners cared about the welfare of their slaves cause they brought them money. If they hated Blacks why would they let Black mammies feed and take care of their White kids? There are a lot of lies going around and we in the south know all about this.

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#12 May 8, 2014
dragonpat wrote:
Euros were the first to be enslaved by other Europeans then the natives. Enslaved Africans were the last to be enslaved here. Black people or *neg*es* experienced the most brutal enslavement that lasted way longer than their European counterparts.
I doubt anything could be worse than what the Spanish did to the Taíno during their enslavement on Hispaniola, Cuba and Puerto Rico.

However I am not arguing against what you've said, as what was done to black people in the U$A was atrocious and outrageous, and a blot of shame on the nation.

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#13 May 8, 2014
NotSoDivineMsM wrote:
There is an argument that the Native Americans continue to be enslaved as exampled by their confinement on reservations and treatment by the BIA and our government. Just a debatable point.....
Well, it's all been quite abusive and reprehensible but I don't think it's the indigenous labor the whites have wanted. More they wanted just to get the Natives out of sight on bad land where they'd die young.
The treatment by BIA and the racism which surrounds most rezes of course is as bad as the treatment of blacks during Jim Crow, and of course we can't forget that all of this was preceded by an extensive genocide.
Now the goal is to assimilate... get Natives to move into town, get a mortgage and a job, go into Visa and Mastercard debt, and just as the boarding schools squeezed the language out of Native children, they hope the economy will squeeze the remaining culture out so in a few generations Native descendants will say, "My grandparents were Lakotah."
In my opinion non-Native-derived peoples here should more justly assimilate Native (including Mexican) culture and act like they're on the American continent and not an extension of Europe or Africa or Asia.
The whites didn't mind deriving their Constitution from Iroquois law, so why not continue the process and adopt the practice of considering the effects of all actions on 7 generations hence? Another good Iroquois idea.

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#14 May 8, 2014
Gutch wrote:
<quoted text>Nah Europeans went to the markets in Africa and the slave were already there. Africa has had slavery for ages. Whites for the most part didn't enslave them. They bought them. And there is alot of exageration about brutal treatment. It's said for poitical reasons. Slave owners cared about the welfare of their slaves cause they brought them money. If they hated Blacks why would they let Black mammies feed and take care of their White kids? There are a lot of lies going around and we in the south know all about this.
Oh puh-leeze this is a colossal whitewash, pun intended.

Give it up, your Southern ancestors committed grave crimes. I understand that only a minority owned slaves, but the rest of you didn't mind putting the country through a bloody war to defend slavery even though the rich whites were screwing the poor whites considerably.

So I have no sympathy for your southern apologetics.

Yes slavery already existed in Africa but the Moslems and others capturing slaves increased their activities due to the market demand from white slavers.

House slaves might have been relatively comfortable in some cases, but the field slave majority was seriously abused.

Oh you let them take care of your kids, how noble.

I'm SOOOOOO glad the Yankees kicked your goddam Satanic slaving asses!!!

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#15 May 8, 2014
Insect Trust wrote:
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Oh puh-leeze !!!
You are gay.

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#16 May 8, 2014
I see triplets wrote:
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You are gay.
So sorry, but I am not, you racist floating turd.

Why don't you stop polluting AFAM form with your racist drivel and go cruise a gay forum where you might find some satisfaction?

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#17 May 8, 2014
Gutch wrote:
<quoted text>Nah Europeans went to the markets in Africa and the slave were already there. Africa has had slavery for ages. Whites for the most part didn't enslave them. They bought them. And there is alot of exageration about brutal treatment. It's said for poitical reasons. Slave owners cared about the welfare of their slaves cause they brought them money. If they hated Blacks why would they let Black mammies feed and take care of their White kids? There are a lot of lies going around and we in the south know all about this.
of course you are retarded. in America's earliest history, black and whites on owned white slaves. forgot to mention that.
Gutch

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#18 May 8, 2014
Insect Trust wrote:
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Oh puh-leeze this is a colossal whitewash, pun intended.
Give it up, your Southern ancestors committed grave crimes. I understand that only a minority owned slaves, but the rest of you didn't mind putting the country through a bloody war to defend slavery even though the rich whites were screwing the poor whites considerably.
So I have no sympathy for your southern apologetics.
Yes slavery already existed in Africa but the Moslems and others capturing slaves increased their activities due to the market demand from white slavers.
House slaves might have been relatively comfortable in some cases, but the field slave majority was seriously abused.
Oh you let them take care of your kids, how noble.
I'm SOOOOOO glad the Yankees kicked your goddam Satanic slaving asses!!!
Now see, only about 2 percent of us ever owned slaves and you want to paint us all as slavers, you dishonest bastard. You just have a thing against the South on the account that we don't tolerate sissies here in our neck of the woods. What race are U anyway??

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#19 May 8, 2014
The Spanish were enslaving the Natives until La Casas pleaded for them to stop. Then they went over to us.

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#20 May 8, 2014
Insect Trust wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh puh-leeze this is a colossal whitewash, pun intended.
Give it up, your Southern ancestors committed grave crimes. I understand that only a minority owned slaves, but the rest of you didn't mind putting the country through a bloody war to defend slavery even though the rich whites were screwing the poor whites considerably.
So I have no sympathy for your southern apologetics.
Yes slavery already existed in Africa but the Moslems and others capturing slaves increased their activities due to the market demand from white slavers.
House slaves might have been relatively comfortable in some cases, but the field slave majority was seriously abused.
Oh you let them take care of your kids, how noble.
I'm SOOOOOO glad the Yankees kicked your goddam Satanic slaving asses!!!
excellent! you know they are still mad about loosing the Civil War. LOL!! just funny.

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#21 May 8, 2014
Gutch wrote:
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Now see, only about 2 percent of us ever owned slaves and you want to paint us all as slavers, you dishonest bastard. You just have a thing against the South on the account that we don't tolerate sissies here in our neck of the woods. What race are U anyway??
You soulless amoral rebel bastards put this country through years of hell with that bloody war, you stinking reprobate. If most of you didn't own slaves then WHY were you fighting to preserve slavery. Are you all mentally deficient down there?

THAT is why I don't like the south, you moron. PLUS, the white south today is the biggest political problem in the country as they consistently vote for GOP fascists who sell us out to corporate power and prevent social progress.

It is because of YOUR reactionary votes that the U$A has slipped into 2nd-world status while the rest of the developed world progresses and evolves.

You backasswards fools.

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Yeah you stinking Southern scum,
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