USA Today Does Exposé on Slavery’s Explosive Growth, in Charts: How ’20 and Odd’ Became Millions

USA Today

See how slavery grew in the U.S. over two centuries

Just over a decade after the Virginia Colony was settled, a ship — the San Juan Bautista — set sail from Angola with an estimated 350 kidnapped Africans aboard. It was bound for Mexico as part of the burgeoning Atlantic slave trade.

A twist of fate ended this torturous journey on the colony’s shores for more than 20 of the Bautista’s enslaved Angolans. Their landing would presage a trade and industry built on African labor that would reach a staggering scale in the United States over 200 years:

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