During this time period, blacks had many different statuses. Some were slaves forever, some were like indentured servants. They were allowed to actually own property, get married and after they served their time they were freed. Slaves were at the bottom of the social order but the individuals above them were not much better. The white people that were poor did not have as many hardships because they always thought at least they were not slaves, even though they were towards the bottom of the social structure.
History, “Bacon’s Rebellion helped to catalyze the creation of a system of racial slavery in the Chesapeake colonies” (79). The demand for higher benefits displeased many business owners which influenced them to seek other lower risk laborers. After the Bacon’s Rebellion, plantation owners and merchants feared of another costly dispute among their indentured servants. The practice of chattel slavery offered as a more promising prospect for preventing future rebellion. The underlying pattern of the conspiracy was to select people who were illiterate and destitute to work in the foreign land of the Atlantic World.
Native Americans lost most of their land to the Europeans, causing them to be left in distress from the violence and environmental damage. However, before there were black slaves, Europeans would have white indentured servants do their labor. When the indentured servant's inaugurated a rebellion (Bacon's Rebellion), Europeans turned to the black. Slaves became apart of the trade, coming from Africa to America by the Europeans. " Black slaves were the answer.
The Cherokee slave codes were dramatically less severe than the American laws governing slavery at that time. It also may describe whom the Cherokees purchased Africans as slaves and the slaves could eventually become freed or married into the Cherokee
Early modern slavery is typically defined as the forced labor of millions of Africans between the 16th and 19th centuries. It was filled with brutality, sickness, and inhumanity perpetrated by white, colonialist Europeans who were searching for wealth in a foreign land through cash crops and servitude. However, there was a different kind of slavery perpetrated in the African continent: servitude where “they were only prisoners of war, or…had been convicted of kidnapping or adultery” (Equiano, 30). Olaudah Equiano’s narrative, published in 1789, reveals a story of slavery perpetrated by his own people. This revelation brings to the light the difference in societal standing and ultimate economic worth of the individuals.
The manufacturers were faced with maintaining a high crop yield, but luckily the Caribbean islands provided an ideal location for growing cane sugar. Once plantations were constructed yet another issue confronted the owners, cheap labor. For the plantations to produce large enough quantities of sugar to fulfill the demand, many slaves were necessary; thus, a successful slave industry arose with the aid of these wealthy entrepreneurs who hoped to own successful plantations. The absentee owners in England, Spain, and France became increasingly wealthy as the demand and industry for sugar
In the seventeenth century life was harsh for the southern colonies. Many were killed due to diseases on the Chesapeake land, and families were so small that the men outnumbered the women. The tobacco economy used the American servants for hard labor, who wanted to become landowners and become wealthy in the future. Slaves soon began to be imported from Africa in the late 1600s, and became important for the economy. In the South, slaves died fast, but soon the numbers of them expanded by reproduction, and later they developed an African-American way of living.
The beginning of the 17th Century marked the practice of slavery which continued till next 250 years by the colonies and states in America. Slaves, mostly from Africa, worked in the production of tobacco and cotton crops. Later , they were employed or ‘enslaved’ by the whites as for the job of care takers of their houses. The practice of slavery also led the beginning of racism among the people of America. The blacks were restricted for all the basic and legally privileged rights.
These African slaves would be needed in different plantations in the USA. With about 7 million slaves from Africa during the 18th century alone, the continent was robbed of its strong, able and potential workforce. But that was not all. With slaves being regarded as properties, slave owners had the “right ” to treat their slaves accordingly.
Europeans had taken africans into slavery around 1400-1560, they were taken because labor was much cheaper. Due to slavery their economy was boosted, the economy grew but african families had been split apart. Many men needed slaves for hard work, labor but some older woman usually the mothers or grandmothers were used inside homes to help cook and look after the children, they were also seen as maids to clean the house do dishes ect. Slaves had great experience in the fields also, they were used to taking care of cattle and had been adapted to tropical climate in which people of the “New World” could not work due to sickness, disease. The Africans have had some immunity to the illness, disease because they have lived in and worked on land with similar climate.
The Middle Passage was the voyage from Africa to the Americas. This voyage was a horrible experience characterized by cramped areas, rampant disease, hunger strikes, filth (which contributed to ultimately more deaths), and even suicide by those who couldn't tolerate the conditions anymore and jumped overboard. This horrible treatment of slaves it was makes it so significant. In addition, 12.5 million slaves were transported. As a result, this large importation of slaves was responsible for European wealth in the 17th and 18th centuries.