chapter  1
Time before the Time
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The first Africans entered the English North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, yet African history in America begins neither at the Virginia settlement, nor in 1619. The history of Africans in America is far more complex and comprehensive than is suggested by merely referring to that place and date. The varied narrative of Africans in America can only be told as a long journey of resistance and liberation, oriented toward the nobility and grace that mark the best character of a resilient people. Just as other populations have moved or been moved from one place to another, the African American today is a product of human movement from the most ancient of times until the most recent.