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Slavery's Explosive Growth, in Charts: How '20 and Odd' Became Millions

A twist of fate brought the first Africans to Virginia in 1619. See how slavery grew in the U.S. over two centuries.
USA Today

Though a colonial census in March 1620 records 32 Africans living in Virginia, there is some debate whether all 32 were aboard the White Lion and the Treasurer. Some may have been there before their landing or have come in other ships from Europe. Not all may have been enslaved.

A journey that led to death or slavery

Whichever ship they arrived on, these people represented the origins of slavery in the Thirteen Colonies, and the journey here remained just as cramped, foul and deadly for years to come. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture estimates that …