Slave Labor Force In Colonial America

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Throughout the development of the colonies in America, slave trade grew to be a significant source of labor in primarily southern plantations within the late seventeenth to eighteenth centuries. During the era, with slaves being condemned to be considered socially inferior by law, and the increase in demand of goods such as rice and indigo, the slave labor force became a notable source for southern plantations in the eighteenth century. Slaves and people of color had always been considered to be socially inferior even before the colonies existed. With a sense of paternalism in Great Britain, people have always believed that those considered slaves,or servants rather, were second class citizens, and these people needed to be suppressed for their own best interests. So, when the pilgrimage to the colonies began, this theory was…show more content…
In the South Carolina Colony alone, in just twelve years the production of rice raised almost sixty percent by 1736. By 1739, only three years later, the production of rice continued to multiply into almost a half a million barrels. With this product being in such high demand, and with the plantation owners conquest for wealth, heavy labor forces became a necessity in the south. In 1774, indigo became a well desired crop in the South Carolina Colony. When Parliament placed a royal bounty on this production, the total amount of indigo produced increased dramatically from year to year. By 1775, over a million pounds of indigo was being extracted from this colony alone. This increase of production caused the slave labor force to increase drastically also. Southern plantation owners sought wealth and demanded more cropped to be produced, so they invested in slaves, a workforce that had to devote their lives to their
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