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African-American History Timeline: 1700 - 1799

The New York Assembly passes a law making it illegal for enslaved African-Americans to testify against whites. The law also prohibits slaves from gathering in groups larger than three in public. 

Elias Neau, a French colonist, establishes a school for freed and enslaved African-Americans in New York City. 

The Colonial Virginia Assembly determines that servants who are brought into the colony who were not Christians in their original place of origin should be considered slaves.

The law also applies to Native Americans who were sold to colonists by other Native American tribes. 

South Carolina becomes the first English colony with an African-American majority. 

A Pennsylvania law outlawing enslavement is overturned by Queen Anne of Great Britain. 

A public slave market opens in New York City near Wall Street. 

On April 6, the New York City slave revolt begins. An estimated nine white colonists and countless African-Americans died during the incident. As a result, an estimated 21 enslaved African-Americans are hung and six commit suicide. 

New York City establishes a law preventing freed African-Americans from inheriting land. 

England has a monopoly on transporting captured Africans to Spanish colonies in the Americas. 

Enslaved Africans are brought to present-day Louisiana. 

The French establish the town of New Orleans. Within three years there are more enslaved African-American men than free white men residing in the city.

South Carolina passes a law limiting the right to vote to white Christian men. 

A curfew is established in Boston for non-whites. 

The Code Noir is created by the French colonial government. The purpose of the Code Noir is to have a set of laws for enslaved and freed blacks in Louisiana. 

A revolt breaks out in Middlessex and Gloucester Counties in Virginia. The revolt is started by enslaved African and Native Americans. 

Laws are established in South Carolina requiring slaves to wear specific clothes. Freed African-Americans must leave the colony within six months or be re-enslaved.