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"What tyme Indians serve" (1670)

In this act, "What tyme Indians serve," passed by the General Assembly in the session of October 1670, Virginia's colonial government attempts to clarify the definitions of indentured servants and slaves.

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WHEREAS some dispute have arisen whither Indians taken in warr by any other nation, and by that nation that taketh them sold to the English, are servants for life or terme of yeares, It is resolved and enacted that all servants not being Christians imported into this colony by shipping shalbe slaves for their lives; but what shall come by land shall serve, if boyes or girls, untill thirty yeares of age, if men or women twelve years and no longer.