Without a doubt one of the darkest chapters in American history would be that of slavery. Slaves, who were black people from Africa, were bought and sold like cattle, and forced to work their entire life for their owners. There was no limitation on age or gender or the hours they would work. But slavery was vital for the economy in the southern states of the US. However, slavery was not always a part of the colonial American scenery, and was started by a former indentured servant, a black man. You read that correctly, the first American slave owner was black.
Prior to 1655 the colonies in America had indentured servants. This differed greatly to slavery in many areas. Indentured servants usually had a contract of 4 to 7 years of service where they would be provided food, accommodation, clothing in return for labour. Upon the completion of their service most were given land, a cow, arms, clothes and a years supply of free corn. They were essentially not owned by land owners, instead entering a contract with the land owner in return for work and freedom. Slavery on the other hand had no such benefits. Now you are probably wondering what happened in 1655 for all of it to change?