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Angolan government marks 400 years of slave arrival in US

The Angolan Government will mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first twenty Angolan slaves to the US territory with a set of national and international commemorative events of the ephemeris, which will be prepared by an interministerial commission.

The celebration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of slaves in the American territory brings a unique opportunity for Angola to project its image and to disclose its historical importance in the development of the United States of America.

Taking into account “the relevance of Angolan history carried out by the children of our homeland across borders”, the Government has therefore decided to join the celebration that will take place at the National Museum of African American History in Washington D.C.

It was in August 1619 that the first Portuguese ships carrying Africans who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery in what would become Angola arrived in the town of Jamestown, Virginia, then a British colony.

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