The Importance Of The Journey To The New World

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The desire for a better new life motivated Europeans to risk their lives and go to the “New World”. Hardships in Britain such as the poor being forced off their lands from the legal process of enclosure forced the lower and middle class to flood to the cities. When they reached the cities, there was diminutive opportunity for a decent livelihood. The extreme hardships in Britain motivated the middle and lower class citizens to risk their lives and make the journey to the “New World” in hopes for a better life. Astonishingly most of those who decided to make the journey knew the odds of survival were not in their favor. After crossing the violent Atlantic ocean and reaching the New World they were faced with starvation, hostile Native Americans, disease and excruciating labor demands. …show more content…
The threat of the Native Americans, foreign colonies, and agricultural dependencies required a vast expendable human resource. Laborers and tradesman of all sorts were in high demand in the colonial times. Therefor the labor supply was in part fulfilled by voluntary indentured servitude. Initially, indentured servitude was critical in the development of the American colonies. The indentured servants probably arrived shortly after the first English colony, Jamestown was established in 1607 (Snyder, 2007). Word traveled that the “New World” had an abundance of land, wealth and a chance for a new life, luring thousands of indentured servants to make the journey. However upon arrival the immigrants quickly came to the harsh realization that the “New World” was far from the paradise they had imagined. Regardless the division between wealthy and poor coupled with the pillaging in Europe drove voluntary indentured servitude to the American

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