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Africans Arrive with the Spanish

The first Africans who came to the Americas did not arrive on slave ships. In fact, some historians believe that as far back as the seventh century B.C.E., African traders made their way by sea to Mexico, where they traded with the Olmecs, an ancient American civilization. Evidence in the artifacts found in Olmec sites raises this theory, but it has not been proven to be true.

Africans arrived in the New World a century before the Pilgrims (a group of British Protestant colonists, the first colonists to settle in New England) arrived. In 1526 a fleet of six Spanish ships arrived in present-day South Carolina with five hundred settlers, including African slaves, to establish a settlement there. When the leader of the expedition died, there was an uprising over who would lead the colony. The African slaves reportedly took advantage...

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