Indentured Servitude HIStory

Indentured Servitude HIStory - turn the people would work...

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In the 1600’s, slavery in the Americas was a serious problem. Slaves, for the most part, were brought over and put into slavery against their will. But in some cases, people actually chose to be slaves in order to pay off debt or some other type of payment, rather than take several years paying their debt off. This was called indentured servitude. Indentured servitude is when you owe someone a debt, and pay it off through working for them for a predetermined amount of time, depending on the amount of money owed. The larger the amount of money that you owed them, the longer you would work for them. A contract is formed that neither side can back out of, unless they both want to. When this contract is over, then the debt is paid, and the person no longer works for who they owe money to. People encouraged settlers to move to America so that they would have more people in indentured servitude. People in America would pay for people’s passage to America, and in
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Unformatted text preview: turn, the people would work for them for however many years it takes to pay the trip off. The citizens in America made their country sound very appealing that more people would come to America, and then more people would be able to work. The life of an indentured servant is almost as bad as any other slave. They are treated as if they aren’t human. The slaves could even be traded and sold, as if they were objects. They were brought to America on ships and sometimes there were hundreds of slaves on every ship, packed together in extreme conditions. They were given barely enough food and water to survive the voyage, and a large amount of the slaves died on the way there, never having made it off of the ship. When the slaves got off of the ships, their lives were just as harsh. They were expected to work long hours outside, without breaks, and with very small amounts of food. Most slaves died at very early ages. Their lives were extremely difficult....
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course HISTORY GEA2000 taught by Professor Mr.adesina during the Spring '11 term at Broward College.

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