Were all black people in the colonies during the American Colonial Period slaves?

Before slavery became official, a small population of free black men and women already lived in the North American colonies.

Many of these were indentured servants who had completed their service and were freed. Following their freedom, some began to accumulate money, property, and servants.

Some slaves purchased their freedom with money earned on the side, and others were freed by owners who made provisions in their wills.

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