No one is quite sure what the name of the first African on Bermuda is. The history of African slaves on Bermuda is a little sketchy. The first slaves are thought to have arrived in 1620, or thereabouts, but records weren’t kept well or were lost in storms and shipwrecks. There is no doubt that the slaves arrived around the same time as the British began their colony in Bermuda, though, since Britain was one of the biggest exploiters of the African slave trade.
As the number of Africans increased on the island since it was a popular escape destination for freed slaves from the West Indies, the indentured servitude period became ninety-nine years. Essentially, if one came to Bermuda to become an indentured servant, they were going to be enslaved for life instead the usual seven years.