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13 June 1774

Rhode Island ble den første av de britiske statene i Nord-Amerika som forbød innføring av slaver. Slavene som allerede var bosatt i staten ble imidlertid ikke frigitt. I år 1800 var det fremdeles 384 slaver, men i 1840 var det bare fem igjen. ... Read more ...

13 June 1774

Rhode Island forbød innføring av slaver
Rhode Island ble den første av de britiske statene i Nord-Amerika som forbød innføring av slaver. Slavene som allerede var bosatt i staten ble imidlertid ikke frigitt. I år 1800 var det fremdeles 384 slaver, men i 1840 var det bare fem igjen.

Rhode Island avskaffet formelt slaveriet i 1652, men denne loven ble ikke håndhevet og området var tidlig på 1700-tallet regnet for et episenter for den nordamerikanske slavehandelen.


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    A picture of a target which I shot from the standing position with my Pedersoli .75 cal. Brown Bess carbine loaded with paper cartridges from a distance of 35 yds. The cartridge consisted of a .735" ball dipped in a mixture of deer tallow and bees wax and 90 grs. of 1F powder. You would probably get better results with a patched roundball, but what the heck, I'm satisfied anyway!

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