When the director of the Middle Passage port markers project arrives in Yorktown to give a talk about slavery Friday night, she'll find herself in the perfect place.
Though Old Point Comfort and
Blessed with some of the richest soil in Virginia, they built huge and profitable estates by concentrating on tobacco in a way that other colonists could not. And inspired by what they saw in the sugar plantations in the West Indies, they conspired to create a kind of bondage-based labor system that was far more intense and systematic for the blacks it enslaved than anything ever experienced by white indentured servants.
"There weren't a lot of Africans in Virginia prior to the 1670s," former
"But by then most had been bought up by the very biggest planters because they had made a choice. They were through using indentured white servants as field workers. They wanted Africans that could serve as slaves for life."
Middle Project director Ann Chin will be talking about the port marker project at 7 p.m. Friday at
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