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A Portuguese ship, the São João Bautista brought captive Africans from Angola to the American colonies.

Engraving showing the arrival of a ship and enslaved Africans to the British colony of Virginia.

Sometime in 1619 enslaved Africans arrive near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia from the Portuguese colony port city of Luanda, the present day capital of Angola. Over 20 captives were unloaded from the hull of the São João Bautista. America had not become herself, yet lit the spark for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and further set the stage for slavery, oppression and persecution across her history.