Isabella (slave ship)

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Isabella was a British slave ship that brought the first 150 African slaves to the American port of Philadelphia in 1684.[1][2] The majority of these slaves were purchased directly by Quaker settlers – who themselves had only arrived 3 years earlier to city – to be laborers.[3][4] This would result in approximately 2,500 people of African descent living in the city by the year 1720.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Black Genesis- Philadelphia". Soul of America. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  2. ^ Buying Slaves in Pennsylvania-George F. Nagle- Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  3. ^ Jackson, Maurice (2010). Let This Voice Be Heard. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-8122-2126-5. 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania State Law-Slavery in America. Retrieved 2012-02-23.