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Lecture 6 Tobacco and Slavery in the Chesapeake Tobacco dominated European settlement in the seventeenth-century Chesapeake. As the cultivation of tobacco increased, so did the need for land and labor, both of which were further complicated by tobacco’s depletion of the soil, as well as the headright system that placed further need for expansion into the Virginia frontier. As more tobacco was produced, the demand for labor increased proportionately, to the point that, for varying reasons, the supply of English labor failed to meet the increasing needs. The short supply of labor resulted in tobacco farmers turning to slavery to meet their labor needs. Terms  Barter System - bartered tobacco Barter is trade for goods or services for example tobacco for a dress  Cash Crop – makes the most money for a group of people  Tobacco Certificate - were issued by the government by warehouse inspectors  Indentured Servitude
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