2019 marks the 400th anniversary since the first enslaved Africans set foot in what is now the United States. The arrival in the British colony of Virginia in August 1619 of a ship carrying Africans from Angola marked the start of more than 200 years of slavery in America. The arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Virginia was the start of what would become one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history. VOA takes us to the place history was made and reveals how these first African slaves, along with the many who followed, and their descendants, shaped the course of a nation. The Trans-Atlantic slave trade involved the purchase and transportation of enslaved Africans mainly to the Americas by Europeans. Those who survived the horrific voyage were destined for a life of servitude to their white masters.