Please forward this error screen to 185. Native American Slaves: Historians Uncover an Overlooked, Chilling Chapter in U. Europeans didn’t 17th century tokens for sale displace Native Americans—they enslaved them, and encouraged tribes to participate in the slave trade, on a scale historians are only beginning to fathom.
Here are three scenes from the history of slavery in North America. In 1637, a group of Pequot Indians, men and boys, having risen up against English colonists in Connecticut and been defeated, were sold to plantations in the West Indies in exchange for African slaves, allowing the colonists to remove a resistant element from their midst. Rebecca Onion is a Slate staff writer and the author of Innocent Experiments. A reductive view of the American past might note two major, centuries-long historical sins: the enslavement of stolen Africans and the displacement of Native Americans. In recent years, a new wave of historians of American slavery has been directing attention to the ways these sins overlapped.
How common was it for Indians to be enslaved by Euro-Americans? Counting can be difficult, because many instances of Native enslavement in the Colonial period were illegal or ad hoc and left no paper trail. Between 1670 and 1715, more Indians were exported into slavery through Charles Town than Africans were imported. The practice dates back to the earliest history of the European colonies in the future United States.