Four hundred years ago, in 1619, the first ever African Americans were brought, against their will, into English North American territory. The African American slaves were taken from Africa into Point Comfort, Virginia with a Dutch ship.
In the 1600s, enslaved African Americans were also in southern North America within the Spanish owned Mexican territory.
The site of Point Comfort is the site of present day Fort Monroe. An historical marker marks the landing site within the fort grounds.