In 1619 the first boatload of Africans were technically indentured servants to work for a specified term of years. The first official slave owner was an African immigrant, perhaps formerly one of those indentured servants.
He was. And the first slave was his - a white man. It was determined by a court decision that the white man owed his labor for the rest of his life to the black man.
I thought so. So Northram is actually right, at least at the establishment of the first English colonies.
You and Northum are historically correct, but the beauty of this is that it will force this fact out into the open.
As President John Adams is often credited with saying, "Facts are Stubborn Things...."
The first “boatload” were slaves who were pirated from a spanish slave ship, and brought to virginia and sold.
They were not the first slaves in virginia either, but history is not “our” strong suit.
You are correct that the first Africans WERE indentured servants and at least one of the first actual slaveowners was an African immigrant who took out the years of service part in the contract and made his African workers serve for life. Perhaps the Governor had heard this in some Virginia History class and remembered it. Unfortunately there are few students of history anymore.