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3-10-09 Famous indentured servants list Most men ran ages late teens to early 30s If survived had money and land, most died Before 1640 majority would go to West Indies, after the Sugar Revolution most would go to the Chesapeake Who lived where in Jamestown Kin: associated with 19 th century and the antebellum period; kinship; part of the Southern vernacular which was important within a spread community (in bound people in their family groups) Ferry system early on in 17 th century; easy way to get around 1620-1628 – demand for tobacco high; by 1629 prices sank by around 97% Best possible place you can be in the Chesapeake is right on the water ¼ of list women indentured servants Typhoid, dysentery, malaria – rampant diseases (can be survived with good nutrition and rest); combination of bad nutrition, over work and bad water were Life expectancy in Chesapeake 17 th century Men – 48 Women – 44
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Servant life expectancy was much lower Life expectancy in New England 65-70 years of age Family life torn apart in Chesapeake in 17 th century – if you married one of you was likely to die within 6 years (Never made it to the 7 year itch!) Syphilis was rampant lowering life expectancy and birth rate. By late 17 th century; Chesapeake began to diversify away from tobacco and towards other sorts of plants (food plants; wheat and other grains and animals) so they became more successful Tobacco’s Trouble Bacon’s Rebellion – the groundwork Treatment of servants was abominable Servants were free to face bleak futures Had no savings/capital to enter freedom with Also faced problem that the places available for them after they became free were not good locations After about 1650 the elites monopolized the best tide water riverbank land What was left for indentured servants was the back country land (the area above the tide water) which was unprofitable for tobacco (far away from water), unsafe (Powhatan Indians)
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This note was uploaded on 06/13/2011 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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