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Unformatted text preview: Gradually a growing native-born African American community developed and established a distinctive slave culture, which was a mixture of African and American traditions. Despite the daunting challenges for African slaves, the gradual development of a vibrant slave culture began to emerge. This unique blending of various African cultures with European cultures resulted in a uniquely New World culture that was devised from no single African model and incorporated many Western elements. While the northern colonies became more diverse in the early 18th century, the distinctive nature of a slave society began to characterize the southern colonies. Eventually, however, an American identity emerged from an intermingling of the various cultures and regional characteristics....
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- Spring '10