Which of the 13 colonies had slaves?I just would like to know which states out of the 13 colonies had slaves.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

At the time the colonies were founded slavery was legal in every one of them.  It is true that colonies in the South (especially South Carolina) had way more slaves than did the Northern colonies.  However, it is not true that any of the Northern colonies had actually banned slavery.

At the time that the Constitution was passed in 1789, five northeastern states had banned slavery, but slavery remained legal in the other eight states.

Vermont was the first state to actually ban slavery, doing so in 1777 before the Revolutionary War had actually ended.  Please see the "slavenorth.com" link for the years in which each of the Northern states banned slavery.


kodasport eNotes educator| Certified Educator

During colonial times, all of the 13 colonies had slaves at one time or another.  However, it does distort things to think of the Middle region and New England region as "slave" regions.

The Southern region used slave labor throughout the colonial times.  Slavery was a very big part of the culture and economy.  The Southern region was made up of Maryland, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

titusvilleal | Student

n connecticut they had slaves but they had more slaves than any of the colonies, they had (6,469)slaves.The people could only have one to two slaves, but then the law started to change and minesters, doctors, lawyers and public officials could how many they want.New York had started salvery in 1626 when 11 Africans were unloaded by the Dutch West India Company.Then they went to Africa to go buy some more slaves, they had bought (6,900)salves.Delaware didnt have alot of slaves but then Dutch a person decided to change everything.Dutch had went to Africa to buy some slaves. For Dutch the main purpose for him was to make Delaware better and to grow crops.In 1641 ,Masssachusetts became the first colony to recognize slavery.The slave population in New Hamphire started to drop from 674 to 46.So then in the year 1783 the state constitution had decided to let the slaves free,the people thought it would be fair and that is when they had ended slavery.In New Jersey they had an offer for people 60-acre of landper slave,for any man who impoted slaves in 1664.William Penn the founder of Pennsylvania had allowed slaves, Penn had owned slaves but the rule was "for then a man has them while they live".Rhode Island had started slavery in the year 1652.It was the only New england colony to use slaves for labor and trade.North Carolina had about 6,000 slaves.The slaves from north Carolina were being sold to South Carolina because they had a large plantation.

diamonddiva99 | Student

northern and southern

ams2014 | Student

The Southern and that was about it that is how the Civil War was started the Southern had slaves and the Middle and New England didnt like that so they started the war against it.

skoolmeansfriends | Student

im am not completly sure about other colonies but i am positive Pennsylvania did not have slaves. They were called quakers and quakers belived that everyone was equal they were tolerant of the views of others. Though it may have been illegal most of Pennsylvania did not have slaves because they didnt elive in slavery.



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