1638The first documented shipment of enslaved Africans to the Massachusetts Bay Colony arrived in Boston on the Desire.People and Communities, African American History, Indigenous People's History

In 1637, William Peirce, Master of the Salem ship <i>Desire</i> sailed to the Bahamas with fifteen Pequot boys and two Pequot women who had been taken prisoner during the war, to exchange them with African slaves. On Feb. 26, 1638, Peirce arrived back in Boston with “some cotton, and tobacco, and negroes, etc.”

Cape Ann Slavery & Abolition, https://capeannslavery.org/. First Slaves Arrive in Massachusetts. 26 Feb. 2007, https://www.massmoments.org/moment-details/first-slaves-arrive-in-massachusetts.html.The Middle Passage (U.S. National Park Service). https://www.nps.gov/articles/the-middle-passage.htm
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