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Commission launched to oversee 400th anniversary of Africans’ arrival in US

In late August 1619, a storm-tossed English warship flying a Dutch flag stopped at one of the earliest English settlements in Virginia and changed the future of America and the world.

In exchange for supplies, the crew of the White Lion traded “20 and odd” Africans seized from a Portuguese slave ship to the settlers at Old Point Comfort, the future site of Fort Monroe and the city of Hampton, according to the National Park Service.


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