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In fact, by the early 1700s, eastern counties in South Carolina had more slaves than free people. Why? And why did skin color and slavery eventually become synonymous? Instead of a slave system in which both black and white could be lifelong slaves, inheritable slavery became a condition only for African-Americans (and a dwindling number of Native Americans). 4 Befitting an era when opportunity rested on oppression and opportunism, the White Lion’s captain, John Colyn Jope, had seized the Angolan “Negars” from the diseased hold of a Spanish slaving ship after a fierce cannon fight at sea.

In 1642 she arrived on Long Island with members of her now much-extended family. She was a grandmother. Then the autumn of her life bled into the autumn of 1643 when a group of Siwanoy warriors swept into her yard and killed her and her family. And the World Kept On Changing Anne Hutchinson died just as the New England colonial world that she and her family helped start began transforming into a series of fairly distinct colonies 16 COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND with their own rules and cultures. Virginia used African- and Native American slaves and white indentured servants—people who sold themselves for five to seven years in order to get passage to America.

Together they had four children, earned their freedom (or were freed by the colony), purchased plots of land in 1650, planted tobacco, bought slaves, had white servants,6 and even sued white neighbors who were harboring one of their runaway slaves. The court ordered the slave to be returned to Anthony Johnson. In other words, skin color did not initially determine a person’s fate. Skin-color status started to change in 1662 when Virginia made it law 29 AMERICAN STORIES that the child of a female slave would also be a slave—for life.

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