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Isabella was a British slave ship that brought the first 150 African slaves to the American port of Philadelphia in 1684. The majority of these slaves were purchased directly by Quaker settlers – who themselves had only arrived 3 years earlier to city – to be laborers.[1][2] This would result in approximately 2,500 people of African descent living in the city by the year 1720.

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  1. ^ Jackson, Maurice (2010). Let This Voice Be Heard. University of Pennsylvania Press. p. 11. ISBN 0-8122-2126-5.
  2. ^ Pennsylvania State Law-Slavery in America. Retrieved 2012-02-23.