Enslave Indians Classifed as Negroes

November 1682-ACT I. An act to repeale a former law making Indians and others ffree.

[Two acts passed in November of 1682 joined Native Americans and Africans into one racial category-"negroes and other slaves."]

And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid that all servants except Turkes and Moores, whilest in amity with his majesty which from and after publication of this act shall be brought or imported into this country, either by sea or land, whether Negroes, Moors, Mollattoes or Indians, who and whose parentage and native country are not christian at the time of their first purchase of such servant by some christian, although afterwards, and before such their importation and bringing into this country, they shall be converted to the christian faith; and all Indians which shall hereafter be sold by our neighbouring Indians, or any other trafiqueing with us as for slaves are hereby adjudged, deemed and taken to be slaves to all intents and purposes, any law, usage or custome to the countrary notwithstanding.

Source: Hening, ed., The Statutes at Large, vol. 2, pp. 491-492

 

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