Given that his "name" was Antonio, I highly doubt he came by choice, or that he was allowed a way out of being a servant. In fact, you failed to mention that only white servants buy their way out of freedom.you clowns really are a joke
"Antonio a Negro" was among the very first Angola-African people to arrive in America. He came by boat on "The James" to Virginia in 1619, with other blacks and whites, as an indentured servant.
B/c the Bennetts were too lazy to do their own work, or hire people and pay a fair wage.Indentured servant- A person who signs and is bound by indentures to work for another for a specified time especially in return for payment of travel expenses and maintenance.
For nearly 12 years he worked on a plantation for the Bennetts, a wealthy white family.
Oh, they are so kind to let him work for himself, after working for them, for less than adequate wage, despite "owning" him, another human being. Wow, you're really selling it to us, chief LMAO.The Bennetts owned Antonio, but allowed him to farm a small plot of land for himself,
Slave? So you're admitting that he was not granted the 'outs' being an indentured servant. smart move.in addition to the work he did on the Bennett plantation. There he grew tobacco and corn. He was also able to own several head of cattle while still a slave.
Mary? B/c that was her birth name, or the name she was given b/c the Bennetts' were too ignorant to learn her real name.Antonio married a black woman named Mary and had four children.
He never should have been in the first place, or are we forgetting that valuable notion?Antonio was praised for his hard work and good service, and he eventually became free. One of the first things he did was change his name to Anthony Johnson. Most servants did not have last names, or else they used the name of their master. By creating a new name for himself, Anthony Johnson was announcing that he was no longer an indentured servant.
SMH, here we go...Anthony Johnson worked hard to become a landowner, acquiring a patent for 250 acres of land. He eventually made enough money to buy an African slave of his own, John Casor.
So, he was the first to be legally declared a slave, as in to be written on paper, but not the first to be "owned" nor imprisoned in the fashion that slaves were, b/c we both know that Antonio was ; )Casor had also been imported as an indentured servant and attempted to transfer his remaining time of service to Robert Parker, a white colonist. However, Anthony Johnson brought suit in Northampton County court against Robert Parker in 1654 for detaining his servant, saying "hee had ye Negro for his life". In the case of Johnson vs Parker, the court of Northampton County upheld Johnson's right to hold Casor as a slave, saying:
"Seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master…
In other words, the court gave judicial sanction to the right of Negroes to own slaves of their own race. Indeed no earlier record has been found of judicial support given to slavery in Virginia except as a punishment for crime.
The defendant, John Casor, thus became the first individual known to be declared a "slave" in what later became the United States.
Yes, there you have it, another waste of time, thanks to that "dancing" NoBlamer, who didn't bother to properly read a long narrative before posting it.And there you have it, folks.
No, the first to "own" a person, enslaving them, regardless of what it legally was called was the lazy Mr. Bennett, a WHITE guy. Nice application of 21 c. Neo-Nazi rhetoric though, although names aren't the problem, ownership of human beings would be the problem.Therefore, The first legal SLAVE owner in America was BLACK!