Examples Of Indentured Servitude

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There were two major forms of forced labor in the Chesapeake colony. One was indentured servitude which was a major form of labor that helped immigrants make the journey to the Americas. Indentured Servitude was a contract in which immigrants were granted freedom in exchange for working a set amount of years on a plantation. The second form of labor that was used in the Chesapeake colonies was slavery. Through the use of African slaves, planters could maximize profits because of this cheap labor. In addition, this new form of labor led to the demise of indentured servitude as slavery was a cheaper source of labor. These two forms of labor dominated the Chesapeake colonies and was crucial to the colony’s economy.

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