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United States Labor History: Pre-Colonial

Selected Primary Sources

Pre-Colonial Labor History

“As They Had Been in Ancient Times”
Native American Pedro Naranjo relates about the Pueblo Revolt against the encroachment of European colonists from the south, 1680

“Carried Thence for Trafficke of the West indies Five Hundred Negros”:
Job Hortop and the British Enter the Slave Trade, 1567

Labor Needs by Alonso de Zuazo Year: 1518, :
“This is the best land in the world for Negroes”

The Meaning of America
A letter by Christopher Columbus, 1493

“The Moment That The Snows Are Melted The Indian Women Begin Their Work”:
Iroqois Women Work the Fields

Servants and Slaves and their legal disposition 1619, Virginia 
Thomas D. Russell, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
Extensive database on voyages. Information about, resources and education on the slave trade from the year 1514 onward.

Virtual Jamestown:
First-Hand Accounts -By Date 1550 - 1724

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Jamestown Exposition, 1607-1907. Norfolk. Va. Exposition Design No. 3

Jamestown Exposition, 1607-1907. Norfolk. Va. Exposition Design No. 3

Jamestown Exposition, 1607-1907. Norfolk. Va. Exposition Design No. 3
(photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA)