Discuss the development and changes in status for Africans in the British colonies from 1619 through the mid-eighteenth century.

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Early settlers in North America included a wide variety of racial groups including Native Americans, Europeans and Africans.  In North America, the British came to dominate the area (later to be known as the thirteen original colonies) and their policies governed relationships with both Blacks and Whites. Until the late 1600s the British treated people of African descent much like their indentured servants.  Africans in this early period could obtain their freedom, own property and had legal rights.  Legal changes by 1700 reduced slaves to chattel.  They lost almost all of their basic social and legal rights as humans.  Different regions of the country saw many distinctions in the practice of slavery however.Answer the following questions:

1. Discuss the development and changes in status for Africans in the British colonies from 1619 through the mid-eighteenth century.

2. Why and how did these changes occur ? (Be sure to discuss  and provide specific examples of any related laws or court cases)
3. In specific detail compare the New England, mid-Atlantic, and Southern colonies.

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