First Slaves Arrive in Massachusetts

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First Slaves Arrive in Massachusetts
The first slaves are recorded as having arrived at the Massachusetts colony on December 12, 1638 on board Desire. In 1641 slavery was officially recognized in Massachusetts. In the Body of Liberty of 1641 it stated: "there shall never be any bond slaveried, villing age or Captivities amongst us, unless it be lawful captives taken in just warres, and such strngers as willingly sell themselves or are sold to us."