Rhode Island dig yields 10,000 colonial-era artifacts
Published on July 8th, 2009 | by Admin1
A dig in Rhode Island on the property of slave-trader Thomas Richardson II has yielded close to 10,000 artifacts, including pig’s jaws, pipe stems, and wig combs.
Researchers still hope to find a large distillery they believe Richardson’s slaves used to make rum. The operation –– one of several dozen in the state –– was part of the triangular trade, a dark enterprise where slaves, rum, molasses and other goods changed hands in West Africa, the Caribbean and the American Colonies.
During the 1700s and early 1800s, Rhode Island captains and their backers sold 100,000 Africans into slavery.