During the late Middle Ages the Black Death and, many troubles declined the population of England. By the 1500’s immunity was gained to fight disease. England soon began to burst in numbers. This overpopulation, economic depression, and religious repression led to the great migration to the new world. There were many who did not have the availability to migrate at the time. Those individuals were faced with the choice of indentured servitude. This decision forced them to give up 4-7 years of their life. Colonial masters instituted indentured servitude for an opportunity to start over in the new world because of the disease, economy failure, and religious freedom. Black slavery and Native American slavery was formed because of the economy rising in England, the death of servants, and rebellions.
A ship to the new world took months. Without a doubt there were plagues carried on these boats and these viruses were easily driven through the immense amount of people. This led to a high death rate and lack of women. People were simply convinced to trek to the new world. The public was receiving low wages and most did not even have jobs. Indentured servitude was an action many took. They all believed that they were to fulfill a new life after their service, but many made poor choices which increased the length of their service time. These servants also dreamed of beginning a new religion or worshiping without being persecuted. Their goals were not met due to countless reasons.
The rise of the economy in England was causing a decrease in indentured servants. With this occurring there were only a few who were willing to serve. In addition to this a multitude of servants were dying. There were servants who were put up with their contracted time. One of these slaves was a man named Nathanial Bacon. Nathanial was highly opposed towards Native Americans and insisted of them being slaves. He also wanted to acquire land after his time was served. This was