The First Africans to Virginia—1619

Records of the Virginia Company

Citation Information:“The First Africans to Virginia—1619,” Records of the Virginia Company, 1606-26, Volume III. Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 8. Virginia Record Manuscripts 1606-1737., ed. S.M. Kingsbury.

“About the latter end of August, a Dutch man of Warr of the burden of a 160 tunes arriued at Point-Comfort, the Comandor name Capt Jope, his Pilott for the West Indies one Mr Marmaduke an Englishman. They mett wth the Trer in the West Indyes, and determyned to hold consort shipp hetherward, but in their passage lost one the other. He brought not any thing but 20. and odd Negroes, wth the Governor and Cape Marchant bought for vietualle (whereof he was in greate need as he p’tended) at the best and easyest rate they could. He hadd a largge and ample Comyssion from his Excellency to range and to take purchase in the West Indyes.”