Most New Yorkers, including many who have grown up or lived in the city most of their lives, don't realize slavery existed here. It could be said, in fact, that from the time of the Dutch, when it was called New Amsterdam, virtually until the end of the American Revolution, New York City was the slavery capital of Colonial America.


Though one city, Charleston, South Carolina, had a larger enslaved population, New York's huge, bustling natural seaport made it the focal hub and trading center on the Eastern seaboard. Ships from everywhere including South America, Europe, Africa, and the West Indies, came to buy, sell, load, unload, and proceed on.

Links to Sites on Colonial America

Links to Sites on Charleston, South Carolina

Link to South Street Seaport Museum



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