The Chesapeake Bay: A Southern Plantation System

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The Chesapeake Bay was a southern plantation system; the slaves worked on self-sufficient on tobacco plantation, the African salves replace the indentured servants. Cultural distinctions between Africans and Afro- Americans developed in the Chesapeake as well. In the early seventeenth century, black and white servants worked together on plantations, using English agricultural practices. Masters were conditioned by custom to provide food and shelter for their servants. At mid-century, black slaves and white servants shared roughly the same quality of life. By the middle of the seventeenth century, Negro freemen sharing and fulfilling the same ideals and aspirations that whites held were no anomaly in the Chesapeake region.
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