Slave sales represented an
intricate and economically vital activity in Virginia from late in the eighteenth
century through the American Civil
War (1861–1865), ending only with the abolition of slavery. Sales in Virginia exceeded
those of all other Upper South states, with Richmond doing the most business of any city. The origins
of the slave trade date to the end of primogeniture and entail in Virginia, which
broke up large estates and their often lar. . .
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