|Captive Indians Sold Into Slavery. |
Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library.
The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1890.
While most people are familiar with or at least aware of the existence of slavery in North American history, they (rightly so) associate the practice to the subjugation of blacks. However, what most people don't know is that countless Natives were bought and sold into servitude as well.
To have a sense of the identity of these people, though there voices are mostly lost to History, I invite you to visit Native American Slaves in New France, "A haunting interactive record of Native Americans enslaved in New France."
For anyone wanting to learn more, a good starting point is Brett Rushforth's Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France.
Also see an example of a bill of sale for a Native slave: http://curieusenouvellefrance.blogspot.ca/2013/02/vente-desclave.html