First, I'm not a slave apologist, or a libertarian or ron paul fan or whatever. That said, a phrase that keeps popping up here in America (especially around black history month) is "America had 400 years of slavery". But how true is this? America was founded in 1776 and slavery was abolished in 1865. That's less than 100 years - not even close to 400. "but we mean the colonies in the geographical region that would later become America". Well, that's not the same as America, but I'll be generous and give it to you. The first African slaves to reach any of the British colonies didn't arrive until the year 1619 in Jamestown, Virginia. That adds up to 246 years - still well short of 400. In conclusion, "America had 400 years of slavery" is not actually true, but even if I'm generous with what they mean by "America" it still isn't close to true. I think slavery for even 1 second is wrong, let alone 250 years and I'm no CSA fan or whatever. But why do we spread lies? edit: I did the math and even if you go all the way back to 1492, when they started making contact with the new world period, (long before African slaves were introduced and none of that geographical area at the time would become the United States regardless) adds up to 373. Still short of 400.