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Slavery And Freedom: The American Paradox By Edmund Morgan

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The use of labor came in two forms; indenture servitude and Slavery used on plantations in the south particularly in Virginia. The southern colonies such as Virginia were based on a plantation economy due to factors such as fertile soil and arable land that can be used to grow important crops, the plantations in the south demanded rigorous amounts of labor and required large amounts of time, the plantation owners had to employ laborers in order to grow crops and sell them to make a profit. Labor had become needed on the plantation system and in order to extract cheap labor slaves were brought to the south in order to work on the plantations. The shift from indentured servitude to slavery was an important time as well as the factors that contributed to that shift, this shift affected the future generations of African American descent. The history of colonial settlements involved altercations and many compromises, such as Bacons Rebellion, and slavery one of the most debated topics in the history of the United States of America. The different problems that occurred in the past has molded into what is the United States of America, the reflection in the past provides the vast amount of effort made by the settlers to make a place that was worth living on and worth exploring.
A voyage set in the direction of Virginia was set by captains Philip Amada and Arthur Barlow by the authority of Sir Walter Raleigh who was given permission from Queen Elizabeth II. They set sail in the month of April 1584 and reached in July of that same year, once they disembarked there was rejoice, gun shots flew into the skies, as well as a the people gave their appreciation to god for helping them arrive safely to Virginia. The initial picture made of Virginia was sandy, but garnished with plants such as grapes, the captains and the people who were on the boats explored the land that they had discovered, they discovered several different kinds of trees, and animals . Virginia was named after the “virgin queen” Queen Elizabeth II whom Sir Walter Raleigh had received the charter for their exploration, they were given orders to “to discover, search, finde out, and view such remote, heathen and barbarous lands, countries, and territories, not actually possessed of any Christian Prince, nor inhabited by Christian People.” The Virginia Company chartered by King James was looking for a place to make profit and to find the financial stability that other countries and settlers had found.
Life in Virginia during the winter of 1609-1610 were horrid as the captain John Smith had to return to England due to a gunpowder burn. John Smith had strict leadership, in which all the people who were in Virginia were told to work in order to fill their stomachs and be able to stay healthy. The winter time due to the amount of time of a boat full of supplies many people had to live without food, supplies were used to the point of which there was none left. The lack of supplies and resources...

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