Boys for Sale : the Business of Selling Indians
During the late 1600s into the early 1700s, English traders from the Virginia and Carolina colonies conducted a thriving business of buying, branding, and selling young Indian slaves. One source was to raid the Catholic Missions that that had been established to Christianize the Indians on the Spanish Florida-Georgia frontier. We see Christian neophytes being kidnapped, and later sold. Many Indian Nations were in the slave selling business, including the Cherokee and the Creek. Some claim English traders in the Carolinas seized between 10,000 and 12,000 mission Indians who had been part of the Spanish mission system and sold them into slavery in the West Indies.