August 20. Twenty Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, aboard a Dutch ship. They were the first blacks to be forcibly settled as involuntary laborers in the North American British Colonies.
Massachusetts was the first colony to legalize slavery by statute.
September 13. The first documented attempt at a rebellion by slaves took place in Gloucester County, Virginia.
Maryland was the first state to try to discourage by law the marriage of white women to black men.
February 18. The Quakers of Germantown, Pennsylvania, passed the first formal antislavery resolution.