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Primary Source Assignment #1 Richard Frethorne: “Our Plantation Is Very Weak”: The Experience of an Indentured Servant in Virgina, 1623” It is hard to imagine what life was like before the smartphones, computers, tablets, planes, automobiles, and other new aged technological advancements. Today, people can go to a fast-food restaurant to order food and it will be out in ten minutes, or go to the local grocery store and by whatever food you want in abundance and not have to worry if food is going to be available. This was not always the case, when the first settlers arrived in the early 1600s to colonize North America. Due to the bountiful amounts of land the settlers attained and the very profitable crop tobacco, labor was needed to fill the fields and the need for indentured servants came about. . In the short letter by Richard Frethorne to his mother and father who are in England he describes his life as an indentured servant in the new colony of Virginia. An indentured servant is a poor English man or women who signed an indenture or contract to work for a period of time in exchange for their passage to North America and to receive 50 acres of land once the service was completed. Frethorne was brought to Jamestown in 1623 as an
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  • Fall '14
  • Professor Tess
  • Indentured servant, Williamsburg, Virginia, John Rolfe, Jamestown, Virginia, House of Burgesses, Colonial Virginia

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