Slavery Facts – 115 Unknown Facts About Slavery

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Slavery Facts for Kids

Cervantes was captured and kept as slave for 5 years in Algiers, and a ransom was paid by his parents to get him free. He later published the famous book ‘Don Quixote’.

The song “Amazing Grace” was written by a former slave ship captain.

The 9th Vice-President of U.S., Richard Johnson, openly treated an African-American woman as his wife, but she was legally his slave.

Thousand of slaves were owned by American Indians.

Most slaves brought to America from Africa were actually purchased from black slave owners.

Crispus Attucks was one of the first martyrs to the cause of American patriotism. He was a former slave who was killed by British soldiers during the Boston Massacre of 1770.

Over 90% of African slaves were brought to Caribbean and South America. Only 6% of slaves were sent directly to British North America. Yet by 1825, US had one-fourth of blacks in the New World.

Spain and Portuguese on the back of exploratory work of Christopher Columbus were among the earliest explorers of Americas.

Slaves have built part of the White House.

In 2010, slavery was made a statutory offense in the UK.