2019 marks 400 years since enslaved Africans landed in colonial Virginia. Learn about the transatlantic slave trade in mainland North America.
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The U.S.A. has only been a country for 243 years. This article says we've had 400 years of slavery. How can a country have slavery if it wasn't a country yet? It makes it sound as if we as a nation controlled slavery at a time when there was no government to control it.
The United States is the legal successor to the 13 British Colonies. The founding date of the United States was somewhere between 1776 (Declaration of Independence) and 1789 (ratification of the current Constitution) depending on which definition you prefer. But the colonies it succeeded can be dated as far back to the foundation of Virginia in 1607. In any case, slavery can still exist without a government.