Clash of Cultures
Dr. AUDREY MORRISSETTE
February 20, 2013
There were abundant amount of immigrants that were indentured servants, individuals (immigrants) who came to America and was placed under contract to work for another over a period of time, usually seven years, especially during the 17th to 19th centuries. Generally, indentured servants included redemptioners, victims of religious or political persecution, persons kidnapped for the purpose, convicts, and paupers. Indentured servants first arrived in America in the decade following the settlement of Jamestown by the Virginia Company in 1607. Originally, most of colonies laws that were passed concerned the indentured servants, but by the mid-1700, the laws of the colonies began to separate the differences between indentured servants and slaves. Most importantly, the colonies laws initiated to segregate races. The development of slavery arose in Europe when they needed cheap manual labor in the New World during the late 15th and 16th century. When sugar, food and other essentials was revealed by Europeans, they used African slaves as cattle to get want they wanted. The Europeans traded their goods and weapons for African slaves and was shipped back to Europe and then moved to the New World. In the early 16th century, the North American colonies depended on the indentured servants for cheap manual labor and other services. By the 1680s, the indentured servants were exchanged with African slaves. However, by the early 1700s, there were no more servants yet because they were being replaced by African slaves. Many indentured servants ran away when they got the chance to North America and blended in so they didn’t be seen and took every chance to escape. A lot of the servants died soon after arriving in North America due to the different environments since most were born in West Africa. The servants had to earn the freedom by surviving and finishing up...
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