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10 Fascinating Facts About George Washington and Slavery

Carlota Leading the Slaves in Matanzas, Cuba, 1843,, Lili Bernard

Carlota Leading Slave Rebellion in Matanzas, Cuba, 1843, Lili Bernard

  • George Washington first came into possession of enslaved Africans at the early age of 11.
  • Washington and his wife Martha together owned about 200 enslaved Africans at the beginning of the Revolution.
  • Washington had no tolerance for enslaved African uprisings against slavery.┬áIn 1791 as president, he authorized emergency financial and military relief to French slave owners in Haiti to suppress Haitian revolution.

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