History Chapter 4 Summary

History Chapter 4 Summary - 1 it, tobacco became the...

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10/1/08 US I GL AP After John Rolfe introduced it, tobacco became the backbone of Jamestown in so much that almost all of Jamestown’s inhabitants planted it along with their vital crops, but it ruined the soil and caused colonists to look for land westward, thereby intensifying animosity between the colonists and Indians. Tobacco cultivation also presented the issue of labor, since tobacco required much labor which could not be satisfied by the slowly growing colonists or the Indians who died at first contact with the colonists through both disease and warfare. To solve this issue, Virginia and Maryland created a system that gave planters 50 acres of land for each indentured servant they paid passage to, a system called the head-right system. As the 17 th century progressed and arable land grew short in supply, planters became more strict with their indentured servants by punishing their servants with extended terms and compelling them to work for them for low wages after their term ended on account of a shortage of farmland. As a result, more and more impoverished, landless men with failed dreams of starting over began roaming Virginia. In 1676, Bacon’s rebellion which occurred
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This note was uploaded on 10/05/2010 for the course BIO 101 taught by Professor Salazar during the Spring '10 term at Punjab Engineering College.

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History Chapter 4 Summary - 1 it, tobacco became the...

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