Comment: Virginia outlawed slave importation in the 1780s.

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Virginia outlawed slave importation in the 1780s.

"It was the Americans, after they had achieved their independence from Britain, who took the lead in the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Many newly independent American states, such as the Carolinas, Maryland and Virginia, outlawed the importation of slaves from Africa in the 1780s. In 1778, the trade was described as corrupted by an immoral ‘lust for gain,’ and Virginia voted to free all illegally imported Africans."

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