Servants and Slaves in Colonial Virginia

Servants and Slaves in Colonial Virginia - SERVANTS &...

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I. Economic Motivations for English Colonization of North America A. Mercantilism B. Opportunity for Unemployed Laborers Indentured Servants paid their way to America through labor A. 1. Wealthy Planters Control Colonial Government Requires large amounts of labor For every servant, they got 50 acres House of Burgesses o Controlled by the wealthiest Virginians o Planter Class controlled the government o Regulating the labor force became important o Legal system, very quickly, made it so that indentured servants can extend their indenture and free men can become indenture servants o All this because, labor was needed Amount of Tobacco increases leading to price decreases in the tobacco Wealthy planters realize that former Indentured Servants are a threat. B.
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course HIST 105 taught by Professor Hatfield during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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