Slavery and Free Blacks, 17th century By stevenjacobson Jan 1, 1607 Da Costa Leads French Expedition Mathieu Da Costa, the French free black explorer, headed a French trip up Lake Champlain and parts of Canada. Jan 1, 1619 First Africans Arrive to English Colonies About 20 Africans became indentured servants for the colony of Jamestown. Jan 1, 1624 Tucker Born William Tucker, the first free African-American born in the English colonies, comes into the world and is baptized in Virginia. Jan 1, 1625 Introduction of Slaves Slaves were introduced that year by the Dutch West India Company. Jan 1, 1641 De Sousa Elected to Maryland General Assembly. African-American Mathias De Sousa becomes a member of Maryland’s General Assembly. De Sousa was previously an indentured servant under Cecelius Calvert and came from England. Jan 1, 1651 Johnson Imports Slaves Anthony Johnson, a free African American, imports a bunch black slaves and receives a large land grant in Virginia. Some other free blacks do the same type of thing. Jan 1, 1652 Rhode Island Passes First Anti-Slavery Law Rhode Island enacted the first anti-slavery law in the English colonies at this time, limiting slavery to ten years. Jan 1, 1660 No Blacks Permitted In Militia In 1660, Massachusetts passed a law that no African American could serve in the Militia. Jan 1, 1662 Doctrine of Partus Passed This law stated that any child born in the colony would follow that status of its mother for life. Jan 1, 1663 Failed Attempt at Rebellion Black and white indentured servants plan an uprising in Virginia, but their plot is discovered and the leaders are killed. Jan 1, 1672 Birth of Royal African Company King Charles of England began the Royal African Company, which for the next 50 years was the largest company in the slave trade. Jan 1, 1676 Bacon's Rebellion Bacon’s Rebellion, a rebellion in Virginia protesting indentured servants’ rights and policies of the colonies towards Indians, worried plantation owners that their slaves might do the same thing. Jan 1, 1682 First Slave Codes in New York New York State enacts its first slave codes. These laws limiting African-American rights restricts movement and the ability to trade of all enslaved people. Jan 1, 1688 Quakers Speak Out The Quakers, a relatively disiked religious group based in Pennsylvania, denounce slavery in the first formal protest against slavery in North America. Jan 1, 1695 First African-American School Opens Rev. Samuel Thomas opens up the first school for African Americans in the British North American colonies in Charleston, South Carolina.