Slavery started in America in 1619, when a Dutch ship transported the first African slaves to Jamestown, Va. The slaves were brought to work the New World's crops. More »

1619 is significant because it provides a firm historical record for the beginning of slavery in the North American colonies, according to About.com. A Dutch trading ship, in need of food and supplies, docked at Point Co... More »

One of the major effects of the cotton gin on slavery was the increased need for slaves to keep up with the profitability that came with its invention. Before the gin was invented, cotton was not considered a money-makin... More »

Many people assume that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, but the last slaves in the United States weren't freed until nearly three years later, on June 19, 1865, otherwise known as "Juneteenth." It is al... More »

The slave trade compromise restricted the number of slaves counted toward representation and taxation to 3/5 the total number of slaves and prohibited congress from outlawing slavery before 1808. This compromise allowed ... More »

Jamestown, Va., was the first permanent English settlement in the United States. It was founded in 1607 by a group of 104 people, as referenced by the National Park Service. The Virginia Company funded the expedition and... More »

Slavery had a variety of different effects on the American economy, from giving wealthy Southern landowners a free labor force to potentially restricting economic growth in the South, which relied heavily on slave-driven... More »