Importation of slaves illegal

Congress made importation of slaves into the U.S. illegal -1808. In 1819, Congress passed an "Act in addition to the acts prohibiting Slave Trade." This act authorized the President to send a naval squadron to African waters to apprehend illegal slave traders and appropriated $100,000 to resettle recaptured slaves in Africa. At times, the ACS entered agreements with U.S. government to settle these rescued victims of slave trade in Liberia. By 1867, over 5,700 came to Liberia under this program.