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Lecture 1

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Biological Science
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BSC 1005
Jonathan Hu

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3. Black People in Colonial America
Economic dependence in America depended on slave labor which provided a rationale for racial
British and Jamestown
oJamestown founded in 1607
oBritish for looking for gold, trade, lumber, rice, silk
oJohn Rolfe looked to grow tobacco
oMain labor source were indentured servants and undesirables
oIndentured servants died the same way as slaves
Black Servitude in the Chesapeake
oBlacks were a small part of labor force in Chesapeake colonies
oBlacks were unfree indentured servants from 1620s-1670s
oMen seemed to enjoy a status similar to whites here and there
oBrits looked at blacks as inferior and alien
Race and the Origins of Black Slavery
oBy 1700, 20% of Virginias population were slaves
oCaribbean sugar colonies set precedent for enslaving Africans
oFew poor whites came to tobacco colonies
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