Here are 25 Interesting Facts About Slavery.
1-5 Interesting Facts About Slavery
1. In 1861, Robert Smalls, a slave took over on a confederate ship and delivered it to the Union. He later was given the ship to command during the Civil War. After the war he bought the house he was a slave in, and became a US congressman. – Source
2. William Whipple freed his slaves when he signed the Declaration of Independence, because he believed that he could not fight for freedom and own slaves – Source
3. U.S. President James Buchanan regularly bought slaves in Washington, D.C. and quietly freed them in Pennsylvania. – Source
4. Harriet Tubman never lost a slave in 19 trips on the Underground Railroad. One of her secrets for not getting caught was drugging kids with opium to keep them from crying. – Source
5. A kingdom in the Niger Delta which held no military authority over its citizens whatsoever, believed all violence was an abomination, and served as a safe haven for all refugees and slaves for a thousand years, all the way up until 1911. – Source
6-10 Interesting Facts About Slavery
6. Harriet Tubman carried a gun with her on the Underground Railroad. If a runaway slave threatened to give up and go back to the plantation, she would point the gun at him and threaten to shoot him dead. – Source
7. Only 388,000 slaves were brought to the U.S. One million went to Jamaica and nearly five million went to Brazil. – Source
8. When the slaves were freed from the USA, some went back to Africa and promptly enslaved the native Africans based on the plantation methods they learnt in the states. – Source
9. The Romans had a celebratory day once in a year where the roles of master and slave were reversed. – Source
10. Abolitionist and former slave Sojourner Truth, when accused of being a man by a man in the crowd, opened her blouse and after shaking her 59 year old t**s at him asked “Want a suck?” – Source
11-15 Interesting Facts About Slavery
11. For centuries there was a class of slave-soldier called the Mamluks in Egypt. They were so powerful, free men would sell themselves into slavery hoping to join them. Also, they were wiped out in a purge. – Source
12. Cherokee Native Americans owned slaves, some of whom were even forced to walk the Trail of Tears with their owners. Their descendants were legally recognized as tribe members until 2007, when a Cherokee constitutional amendment requiring Cherokee blood for membership ousted thousands of them – Source
13. There is a species of ant that is totally incapable of caring for their young, or feeding themselves, and thus relies on slave labor from other ants – Source
14. In the 1650s Anthony Johnson, an African man, won a court case that let him keep another African, John Casor, as his slave instead of ending his indentured servitude. This meant that the first legally recognized owner of a permanent slave in America was an African man. – Source
15. Many pirates in the early 1700’s in the Caribbean were escaped African slaves. By some accounts, 70 of them served with the famous pirate Blackbeard – Source
16-20 Interesting Facts About Slavery
16. Spartans would often force their slaves to get debilitatingly drunk and make a fool of themselves in public to encourage self-control and show the youth how they should not act. – Source
17. In 1761, 60 slaves were left for dead by the French on a tiny coral reef in the Pacific Ocean only to be rescued 15 years later. They had water from the well dug by the sailors. They had some basic cooking implements. The island is, to this day, a breeding ground for turtles and seabirds. – Source
18. When slaves were freed in the USA, some towns in the south would arrest young black men for not having a job and then sell them to corporations like US Steel as slaves for the duration of their sentence – Source
19. There are more slaves now than at any point in history, even though slavery is illegal in all countries. – Source
20. Escaped slaves in colonial Brazil in the 1600s founded a settlement with a population of at least 11,000 that survived and fought off the Brazilian government for almost 100 years. – Source
21-25 Interesting Facts About Slavery
21. The first foreigner to become a samurai was an African slave. – Source
22. An African slave named Onesimus taught colonists in Boston how to inoculate themselves against smallpox. The treatment had been common in China and Africa for centuries. – Source
23. The term “white trash” was invented by blacks as a racial epithet against whites too poor to own slaves. – Source
24. Every autumn, the Spartans had a period wherein their young men would go into the countryside with daggers and kill slaves as part of a “manhood test”. They were punished if they were discovered doing it. The test was to be able to do it without getting caught. – Source
25. Before the Western slave trade got going, North African pirates used to regularly kidnap Britons and other Europeans for sale as slaves in Africa. Some 1.25 million Europeans were sold into the African slave trade between 1500-1800. – Source
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Anthony Johnson wasn’t the first slave owner in America, legal or otherwise. He wasn’t the first in North America, he wasn’t the first in the original 13 colonies, he wasn’t the first in the US, he wasn’t the first made a slave owner by a court of law. He was at best the first well known black slave owner in the 13 colonies. Africans started being kidnapped and brought to the amerikkkas in 1501, Florida in 1581 and the 13 Colonies in 1619. Thirty-five years BEFORE the Johnson vs Casor case. Many slaves were “owned” in the 153 years before Johnson took Casor to court.
By the time Yasuke entered into Nobunaga’s service he was no longer a slave. Black people were not discriminated against in Japan, he only served as a servant of an Italian Jesuit Alessandro Valignano. Nobunaga praised Yasuke and even admired him, for the Buddha was portrayed in Japanese temples as a black man.
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I think some of these a facts are not true like #6!!!!🧐
And you would be wrong.
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