Essay on The Slave Plantation And Slave Laws

993 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
In the late 1600 's, the way to make money in the south was through slave labor on a plantation. The slave owners would buy slaves and keep them on their farm. As time goes on the slave masters start to think about the implications of letting their slaves going off on their own to visit other farms. They started to fear that their slaves would run off for good or rebel against them. This lead to the wealthiest of slave masters to use their political power in the House Of Burgesses to create laws in an attempt to control their slaves as much as possible. These laws were known as the Virginia Laws. Five Virginia laws were put into order between 1661-1672. The law that stands out in showing that the Slave Masters sought more profit was the law in 1662. In the handout set "Virginia Servant and Slave Laws" writes about the law that makes slave status inherited from the mother, which was created in 1662. "...That all children borne in this country shalbe held bond[slave] only according to the condition of the mother" (Virginia Servant and Slave Laws). By having this law created, they could then gain even more workers for their plantations by forcing the children born of a slave mother into slavery. The next law that would be seen from a profitable stance would be that of the law created in 1661 that punished runaway servants. " Whereas there are diverse loitering runaways [runaway indentured servants] in this country who very often absent themselves from their masters service…

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