Lead: The first slaves brought to Virginia may have arrived here as part of the spoils of a privateering expedition organized by a wealthy English Puritan Lord.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In the first decades of the 1600s, Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick, was fascinated with the trading opportunities in the Caribbean, but he had a problem. His monarch, King James I of England had signed a treaty with the Spanish and the Spanish controlled most of the Caribbean. Rich was interested in North American colonies. He was a Puritan and as the century matured he and others of like mind were concerned that James enthusiasm for the Spanish was wrong and they began to urge the King to attack the Spanish on all fronts. When he refused they asked if they could engage in privateering in the Caribbean, attacking Spanish ships for profit. James, who was usually hard-up for cash, was not averse to taking a little on the side even if it flew in the face of his pro-Spanish official policy.

 

 

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