Were they the first Africans in America?

Africans were present in Spanish colonies in America since 1501, and during the later 1500s were part of Spanish colonization in Florida and present-day South Carolina.  Enslaved Africans were also present in the English colony of Bermuda in 1616.  However, the enslaved Africans who arrived at Point Comfort in 1619 were the beginning of race-based slavery in America and are the “founders” of today’s African American population.

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1. Who were the first Africans?
2. Were the first Africans indentured servants or enslaved?
3. Did the Africans arrive at Point Comfort or Jamestown?
4. Were they the first Africans in America?
5. Why does the 1619 African arrival matter now?