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The term Christian was used to mean a "free person" however, the House of Burgesses declared that "the blessed sacrament of baptism" could not release the enslaved from their bonds. In 1682, Virginia passed a document which declared all "Negroes, Moors, Mollatoes or Indians" arriving "by sea or land" could be enslaved if they were not Christian...
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By 1775, 260,000 slaves were imported into the U.S. Between the late 1600's and the early 1700's the conditions of slavery in America severely worsened. By 1710 those of African descent consisted of one-fifth of the population of the regions population. Slaves were kept together 10 to 15 in a single living quarters, each was expected to cultivate two acres a year, overworked and alone these men were expected to work 6 days a week...
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