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Running Head: LABOR IN COLONIAL AMERICA 1 Labor in Colonial America Name Institute During the seventeenth century, all colonies in the US such as Virginia and Maryland used indentured servitude as their main source of labor. Labor in many colonies came from the use of indentured servants who would serve their master and work for a certain term (Weir, 2013). Most of these servants were supposed to work for a four-year term after which they would be released. However, some of the servants found ways to escape before completing their terms. These servants had a certain advantage where they could not be overworked for fear of going against local laws that would discourage the emigration of other indentured servants. This paper looks at the beginning and decline of indentured servants as well as the changes, problems, and issues associated with the labor as well as unintended consequences of using indentured servants. The first group of indentured servants came to America in 1607, a decade later after they could make Jamestown by the Virginia Company their home. The main drive for indentured
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LABOR IN COLONIAL AMERICA 2 servants was due to increase in demand for cheap labor within the colonies. Early settlers had numerous lands that covered wide areas with no one to cater for them. This led the Virginia
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