"Virginia" was Originally an Asset of a European Company by that Name.
The Four or Five Wars the USA Fought Against Slavery.
What is Virginia Really All About? Freedom.
Question: why didn't the Vikings, those who landed in Newfoundland, get addicted to tobacco first? Answer: the Vikings were not growing and exporting tobacco from their "colony" in Newfoundland. We have to assume that the Vikings obtained their tobacco by trading slaves and other loot. Also, the entire world was not yet addicted to tobacco when the Vikings were in Newfoundland.
Christophter Columbus would be the first European drug dealer in tobacco, who probably sold his first stash to the Spanish King and Queen (King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella).
The underlying economic basis of the American colonies, was usually the production and export by contractual colonists back to England (or other European countries) of tobacco, a taxed and regulated and very addicting drug. Also, animal fur was a big item for sale from N. America. Almost all city dwellers in the entire world had become addicted to tobacco beginning around 1492. This drug addiction, and selling animal furs, became the economic basis of the future USA.
Hemp (used for fiber and sometimes medicine also) was also, at times, required to be grown, harvested, and shipped back to England at some contracted price by the American colonists in Virginia and elsewhere. Usually, this was hemp grown for fibre. Medicinal hemp was (hashish) was usually obtained from Aisa.
The Four or Five Wars the USA Fought Against Slavery:
- (1775-1783) The American Revolution. Ended most remaining aspects of "enslavement" of the colonists in the "New World" to the owners and management of the private companies in Europe, (and to the government of the European countries under which these corporate colonies functioned) formed to manage their holdings in the "New World"). In terms of weapons, the colonists were already armed. The war successfully ended uncivil and arbitrary military occupation, tyranny, and control of everything in the colonies; the war successfully ended rule from afar and taxation without representation, the colonists often being put subject to the natives who were successfully attacking and killing colonists, and preventing expansion of the colonies; the war ended trial by distant judicial tyrants without juries of peers, and ended a prohibition on hard assets and banks, it ended the requirement in some places to join a particular religion.
- (1801-1805, 1815) The Wars with the Barbary Pirates. Freed U.S. Navy and American merchant marines, traders, and passengers of American ships, captured and enslaved, held for ransom in N. Africa by the Barbary Pirates; caused the U. S. Navy to be re-formed about 11 years after the Revolution ended.
- (Sometime in 1808) This item is not about any wars against slavery, but does greatly pertain to the partial abolition of slavery. The current and amended U. S. Constitution of 1789 has a specific prohibition of Federal prohibition of the importation of "black slaves from Africa", who are there referred to as "such persons", until the year 1808. And I have read somewhere that the U.S. Congress in 1808 did in fact, "abolish" an aspect of slavery.
So the international slave trade into the USA from abroad, was abolished well before the Civil War was fought, and this was done on the basis of our founding fathers who had written the U. S. constitution starting in 1787, and some of those abolitionist writers owned their own slaves when they planned the 1808 changes.
But some illicit slaves were actually imported secretly and illegally into the USA after this ban on the international slave trade in 1808.
- (1812-1815) The War of 1812. Ended impressment (a form of slavery) of U. S. Navy and merchant marine sailors by the Royal Navy, and other remaining aspects of colonization and occupation.
Some U.S territory, auch as parts of the Louisana Purchase lands, freed from occupation by foreign powers (Spanish and British). (When the Treaty of Paris ending the American Revolution was signed in 1783, the U. S. Navy had been disbanded, and was disbanded for slightly over a decade. In March 1794, the U.S. Navy was formed again by the U.S. Congress, mainly to combat the Barbary Pirates, and to bring home those Americans held as captives or slaves (for ransom) in foreign countries. But until June 1812, our new ally, the U.K., was allowed to anchor a single and solitary warship in major U. S. harbors to protect their much weaker trading partner and former colonies.)
I know I read somewhere this bit about the "single, solitary, British warship"....
The War of 1812 began in June 1812, four months after Louisiana entered the U.S. as state number 18, (or new state number 4 after the original 14 states. (Vermont #14 plus the other 13)).
- (1861-1865) The Civil War. Ended remaining enslavement of African-American slaves.