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Surname 1 Name Professor Title Date Slavery in the US The Dutch with the help of English explorer Henry Hudson commissioned to set up settlements in modern day New York after a failed expedition to find the mythical North-west passage across North America. The Dutch settled on the island of Manhattan using it as a launch pad to support its Caribbean colonies and fight Spanish trade. The Dutch that settled in New Amsterdam established farms, settlements and lumber camps. The continued growth and expansion of the Dutch Settlement along the Hudson River created labor shortages. The patroon system adopted by the Dutch that involved buying land from the natives failed to attract enough tenants and a sufficient number of indentured servants to help the colonies. The Dutch bought eleven company slaves in 1626 to provide labor for the construction of a defensive wall, later known as Wall Street, in New Amsterdam. The Dutch continued with the importation of Slaves into their new found territory, and 1669 New Amsterdam had the largest slave population in America of more than 500 slaves. The Dutch form of slavery was less exploitative and more human than the American slavery that emerged later. African slaves in New Amsterdam had some legal rights, for example, some successfully sued for back wages. A successful petition by African slaves at one point allowed them a kind of "half-freedom" which allowed them to work their farms in return for paying a tax to their masters. The Dutch employed a more liberal form of slavery with greater compassion to
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