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FRQ #2: Analyze the origins and development of slavery in Britain’s North American colonies in the period 1607 to 1776. The founding of the majority of American colonies was either for an economic profit or for religious freedom. To make the colonies founded for an economic profit, a large work force was needed. For many religious colonies that turned into huge economic powers, they used the Protestant work ethic. Other colonies decided to use indentured servants originally, but this ended up turning into a large use of slaves for their work force in some colonies. Despite slavery in Britain’s North American colonies originally pertaining to only the economic aspects of the society, it actually developed into an essential part of …show more content…
By 1640, many blacks and Indians were being used as slaves by the colonists. And after 1660, slavery was regulated and had its own codes for slaves. This shows that during the period, the amount of minority slaves rose greatly. As the period progressed, slavery became more and more of a normal thing. After Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676, there were fewer indentured servants and more slaves. After the Rebellion, indentured servitude kind of phased itself out and slavery became more prominent. There were differences between the Southern and the Northern colonies view of slavery. In Georgia, James Oglethorpe originally banned slavery in 1733, but changed his mind in 1751. Many people thought of slaves as a more worthwhile investment than indentured servants, because they could be kept for life. There were codes written that stated that the master had complete control of his slaves, which was very attractive to some people. The Declaration of Independence condemned slavery in some form, but slavery was still widely practiced. Towards the end of the period, some people were beginning to condemn slavery, but it was still widely practiced throughout the colonies. Owning slaves made plantation owner’s very profitable, because over time the slaves were a small price to pay for all of the labor that they would complete throughout their lifetime. Indentured servants were more widely used at the beginning of the period. Indentured servitude came to an end because of the

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