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Day 4 - Lecture - Origins of Slavery (in America) History...

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Origins of Slavery (in America) History 156: History of the United States to 1865 1. Barbados and Jamaica 2. The Carolina Colonies 3. The Middle Passage The word ‘slave’ derives from Eastern European Christians, known as ‘slavs’, sold into slavery in wealthy Italian families. 1400s a lot of Christians made money selling Christian captives. Eventually the pope in Rome punished traders who sold slavs as slaves, but he proposed no penalties for selling Muslims because he viewed them different then he viewed Christian captives. Sugar and slaves traveled quickly towards the new world. Large-scale race slavery begins in the mid Atlantic islands and quickly spreads to the Americas. Origins of Slavery Barbados and Jamaica 1620s: The English set up bases on Barbados to raid Spanish shipping. Seeing how rich planters from Virginia were getting from planting tobacco - immigrant servants had a five-year labor contracts on the island for planting tobacco Definition: Indentured Servant An unfree worker (generally a white European) who is bound by a contract to labor for five to seven years for a master. In return, the master provides basic food and shelter, and, perhaps, a cash reward or a grant of land upon finishing the term of years. Like tobacco, cultivating sugar was labor-intensive, back-breaking (but immensely profitable) work. Relied on poor, white, indentured servants
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2011 for the course HISTORY 156 taught by Professor Berlin during the Fall '09 term at Maryland.

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Day 4 - Lecture - Origins of Slavery (in America) History...

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