The Colonies Of North America Essay

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The Thirteen Colonies were a group of British Colonies on the east coast of North America. It was founded in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and declared independence in 1776 and formed the United States. The English were the ones who founded the first permanent settlement in America in 1607. Colonization of North America began in 1607, it began in Jamestown, Virginia. This colony was named after King James I, who was the English king. Many of the colonists who settled in the New World came to escape religious persecution and poverty. The colonists thought coming to America they would be able to seek economic opportunity and the freedom to practice their religion without having fear of the government.
England was an unstable economy and as inflation and poverty got worse the English immigrants chose to seek new sources of economic prosperity in the New World. Many of these colonists wanting to go to the New World were indentured servants. Between 1607 and 1776 indentured servants to slavery transition was influenced and affected by the shortage of labor, legislative decisions, and also Bacon’s Rebellion. The thirteen British colonies in North America depended on slavery. There were 20 African men and women in British North America who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619. In Jamestown the tobacco fields were worked by Africans and white indentured servants. It is not known if the indentured servants were considered slaves. In 1770 there were 27,817…

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