Before Virginia: free Africans in England before 1619

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 15th March 2019

Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: The Lecture Theatre, Reading School (near the Royal Berks Hospital)

Description: The first Africans arrived in Virginia, England's first mainland American colony, four hundred years ago: in August 1619. These twenty were sold to John Rolfe by a Cornish privateer, who had in turn captured them from a Portuguese slaving ship. Although there were no laws delineating slavery in the nascent colony, their prospects were not rosy. But this was far from the first English encounter with Africans. In fact there had been Africans living in England from the early 1500s. What’s more: they were free. In this talk, Dr. Kaufmann explores the lives of these Black Tudors and Stuarts, contrasting their experiences with that of the Africans in early Virginia.

Price: Lectures are free

Organiser: Reading Branch

Lecturer: Dr Miranda Kaufmann, author of Black Tudors

Region: South-East England

Branch: Reading

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