Slavery Facts – 115 Unknown Facts About Slavery

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Facts about slavery

In 1784, Thomas Jefferson proposed to end slavery in all the territories, but his bill lost in Congress by one vote.

Robert Smalls, a slave captured a confederate ship and delivered it to the Union. He was later made the commander of the same ship during the Civil War. After the war he bought the house he was a slave in, and became a US congressman.

About 388,000 slaves were brought to the U.S., five million went to Brazil and one million went to Jamaica

There was a celebratory day in Romans where the roles of slave and the master were reversed.

Blacks invented the term “white trash” as a racial epithet against whites too poor to own slaves.

In 1970, Benjamin Franklin attempted to abolish slavery.

Slavery began in the 14th century in rich nations of Spain and Portugal, who began to capture Africans for enslavement in Europe.

Slavery was brought to the New World in the late 16th century, when Spain, Portugal and other European countries conquered Americas. Slavery was then spread to the Colonial America.

Majority of African slaves were brought to Americas to work in the plantations and mines of European run colonies.

In 1501, the first African slaves arrived in Hispaniola.