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DNA Analysis From Colonial Delaware Skeletons Reveals Beginning Of American Slave Trade

Posted by Jean-Yves on Dec 21, 2019

American slavery is commonly understood to have peaked in the late 18th century and was outlawed by the U.S. in the mid-19th century following the Civil War. The practice of slavery in the 17th century American colonies, however, is less well known. A new DNA study of skeletons from a farmstead on the Delaware frontier has revealed key information about the early transatlantic slave trade.

The Avery’s Rest site in coastal Delaware was excavated by Daniel Griffith of the Archaeological Society of Delaware and the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs over multiple years.

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