Queen Elizabeth sends the first slaves on a ship named Jesus
The first British slave ship to reach the Americas was named “Jesus of Lubeck,” a 700-ton ship purchased by King Henry VIII that was leant to the ships captain, Sir John Hawkins by Queen Elizabeth. The ship left the shores of native England for Africa in October 1562. It arrived off the coast of Sierra Leone and captured 300-500 slaves. The ship transported and sold most of the slaves in what is now known as the Dominican Republic. Thus beginning the British slave trade.
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