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7 While the planters in the Chesapeake built spacious mansions, 8 servants survived on “[a] mouthful of bread for a penny loaf that serve[d] four men.” 9 The treatment of the servants was brutal. Many of the servants expressed anger while others drew into depression. Tobacco caused great suffering among most men and women in the Chesapeake. By the end of the century, the indentured servants from England became a cornerstone for slavery. Due to growing instability of the Chesapeake, tobacco prices fluctuated and eventually lead to a depression. Frustration set in throughout the colonies, which lead to Bacon’s Rebellion. 10 Tobacco had both positive and negative consequences for the Chesapeake colonists. On the one hand, it served as a valuable cash crop, becoming the Chesapeake’s main export. On the other hand, tobacco lead to the mistreatment of indentured servants, tension between colonist and Indians, and indirectly centuries of slavery. 6 Richard Frethorne, “Our plantation Is very weak” History Matters 7 Richard Frethorne, “Our plantation Is very weak” History Matters 8 Elizabeth Sprigs, “ We unfortunate English People Suffer Here” History Matters . gmu.edu/d/5796 9 Richard Frethorne, “Our plantation Is very weak” History Matters 10 Monica Witkowski, “American Origins,” September 3, 2010, ( Marquette University).
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  • Fall '10
  • daniels
  • History, Chesapeake, Indentured servant, indentured servants, Unfree labour

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