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Servants Vs Indentured Servants

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In the beginning, the majority of farm hands were composed of indentured servants, people who paid for their passage to the New World by working for an employer for a few years. But slaves slowly began to take the place of indentured servants. It began with the fact that indentured servants were harder to control than slaves. Slaves were also was a better option because indentured servants would only work up to seven years, and after that they could become “independent.” So instead of using these servants, slaves started taking up most of the work force. They were permanent. Living in the wild lands of America took a lot of work, since the land had to be cleared of forests, land cultivated, and houses built. Because the settlers usually
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