Arrival of First Africans in Virginia
“Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia.” By Ric Murphy. ISBN: 978-1-4671-4598-5. Copyright 2020. Softcover 208 pages.
In 1619, a group of thirty-two African men, women, and children arrived on the shores of Virginia. They had been kidnapped in the royal city of Kabasa, Angola, and forced aboard the Spanish slave ship San Juan Bautista. The ship was attacked by privateers, and the captives were taken by the English to their New World colony. This group has been shrouded in controversy ever since. Historian Ric Murphy documents a fascinating story of colonialism, treason, piracy, kidnapping, enslavement, and British law.