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'And other Slaves'
A 1664 Maryland Act of Assembly

"Be it enacted by the Right Honorable, the Lord Proprietary, by the advice and consent of the Upper and Lower House of this present General Assembly, that all negroes or other slaves already within the Province, and all negroes and other slaves to be hereafter imported into the Province shall serve durante vita. And all children born of any negro or other slave shall be slaves as their fathers were for the term of their lives."

Although the act above clearly denies that negroes were the only people held in slavery, and the authors admit that whites were held in slavery under special conditions and that there is zero evidence that Indians were held as slaves in Maryland, and not withstanding the fact that only the very richest Marylanders could afford to imports Blacks until the 1700s, they insist on assuming that 17th century legislators defined slavery as an exclusively negro condition, despite the clear evidence in the statute that this was explicitly not the case.

However, such sources should be mined, not abandoned, as their footnotes may be traced and the delusional prejudice of modern academics is made clear.

This entry also states the following:

"The first documented Africans were brought to Maryland in 1642, as 13 slaves at St. Mary's City, the first English settlement in the Province."

This tiny number of un-free blacks was dwarfed by the average of 10,000 whites brought into English North America every year, with 1623 seeing the sale of 30,000 Irish in Virginia alone. In the 1640s 300,000 Irish were sold into slavery by the British. Total African imports to English North America did not reach 5,000 per year until the 1680s.

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