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Okay, posting this for a friend... >.>

Does anyone know any random things that happened in US history? Pre-1776, year/name of fact...

If you know any history nerds, link them?

*okay, it can be after 1776, but that stuff's more, like, important atm.

*is lame*

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butterbuns
Sep. 6th, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)
1619
First Africans arrive in Virginia.

1640-1680
Beginning of large-scale introduction of African slave labor in the British Caribbean for sugar production.

1774
Connecticut and Rhode Island prohibit further importation of slaves (although Rhode Island merchants remain in slave trade to other colonies).

1776
Society of Friends (Quakers) abolishes slavery among members.

1777
Vermont Constitution prohibits slavery.

1780
Massachusetts Constitution adopted with freedom clause interpreted as prohibiting slavery.
Pennsylvania adopts gradual emancipation, freeing slaves born after 1780 upon their 28th birthday.

1784
Connecticut and Rhode Island pass gradual emancipation laws.

1788
Connecticut prohibits residents from participating in slave trade.

1789
U.S. Constitution ratified with clause equating slaves to 3/5ths of a white citizen and provision that slave trade would end within 20 years.

1793
Eli Whitney’s invention of cotton gin sets stage for expansion of slavery in American South as short-staple cotton becomes economical product.

1798-1808
Decade of greatest importation of African slaves into U.S., totaling approximately 200,000.

1799
New York passes gradual emancipation law.

1800
U.S. citizens prohibited from exporting slaves.
Gabriel’s conspiracy in Richmond, Virginia, seeks to overthrow slavery in Virginia.

1802
Slave boatmen plot rebellion along Roanoke River in Virginia.

1804
New Jersey passes gradual emancipation law.

1807
Great Britain abolishes slave trade.

1817
The American Colonization Society is founded, espousing the return of African Americans to Africa.

1819
U.S. law equates slave trading with piracy, punishable by death.

1820
The Missouri Crisis paralyzes national politics, as southerners and northerners argue over the admission of new slave states to the Union. Eventually, Missouri is admitted as a slave state, balanced by the admission of Maine as a free state. The Missouri Compromise also includes an agreement to bar slavery from northern federal territories -- a compromise that holds until 1854.
President James Monroe orders first U.S. Navy patrol against slave ships on West African coast