Thursday, November 13, 2008

Interesting fact of the day

In 1654, a colonist named Anthony Johnson had an indentured African servant named John Casor. John Casor tried to transfer his indenture to a different person, and the court refused, declaring him to be the property of Anthony Johnson, and indeed, "Property for Life". Thus, John Casor was the first legally-recognized slave in the English colonies that would eventually become the United States. Casor spent the rest of his life owned by Johnson.

Bizarre Twilight-zone-esque twist: Anthony Johnson, Casor's owner, was black, and was himself an African immigrant.