The African Slave Trade in Texas


In this digital exhibit, you can learn about two different chapters in the history of African captives brought to Texas. The first chapter spans from 1816-1821, a time when privateers stationed in Galveston pillaged foreign slaving vessels, seized enslaved people as their spoils, and illegally sold them in the U.S. The second chapter spans the 1830s, when Anglo Texan colonists took advantage of the tensions between themselves and the Mexican government to undermine anti-slavery laws by smuggling African-born enslaved people from Cuba into Texas. The final page in this exhibit offers a look at regions of Africa where enslaved people were commonly captured from before ending up in the Gulf of Mexico.