The Treatment Of Slaves and Servants in Early AmericaPaper Rating: Word Count: 739 Approx Pages: 3
During the early years, when the colonies were fresh and new, there was
a necessitate for people to do the labor required to make the colonies function
and flourish. This lead to a scarcity to labor in the English colonies, which lead
to the exercise of "unfree labor. In the start of the labor shortage, indentured
servitude was popular, then later on slavery became more vastly popular.
Labor was necessary for various aspects of the lives of the colonists. In
the southern colonies a great deal of labor was needed for the harvesting of
tobacco. The first colonists to come over to the Americas contracted to seven
years of labor and in return, they would receive a share of the profit. When their
contracts expired, there was scarcely any profit. Seeing as no one was attracted
to coming over, the London Company stated a "dividend of the land to those
who were still animate. Each colonist received 100 acres. The London Company
began to rely on these grants to aid their labor and capital deficiency.