Essay on AMH 2010 exam 1 notes

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Nhi Le Mid-term essay outline Explain the four major types of British colonial communities that developed by the middle of the 18th century. Talk about the economic, political, and social characteristics that made each community that made each community unique. Introduction Introduce 4 major types of British colonial communities: Urban seaports, Backcountry/frontier, settled farming, and southern plantation These communities are distinguished by their uniqueness in economic, political and social characteristics Body Urban seaports: Cities like Boston, New York, Newport, Philadelphia, Charleston became major urban seaports and commercial centers populated by rich and poor alike. In the 1700s, such cities were small and densely…show more content…
Most contracts were 4-7 years They had to work in Tobacco field 6 days a week and 12 hours a day They were barely given any food, clothing or medical care Were promised that if they survived the contract, they would be given food, clothes, tools, 50 acres of land and tobacco seeds Tension with native Americans over land Freed indentured servants found it harder and harder to get land of their own. They did not get the land that they were promised if they survived/finished the indenture contract Many were forced to lease lands, or even sign new indentures Many indentured servants started running away frequently or stole food Planters relied on fear and punishment to make people work Extend contract: Running away double of contract Stealing pigs +2 years Getting pregnant (even if the owner is the father) +2 years/child Economic frustration: 1640s, healthier environment not many deaths indentured servants survived contract, got land, made money Tobacco price dropped because everyone was growing tobacco 1660s: Economic frustration no more land for survivors Bacon’s rebellion: Tobacco planters and newly freed indentured servants were having difficulties Tobacco prices were low The surviving indentured servants did not get land as promised Governor William Berkley Did not care what common planters want Indentured servants and planters attacked Indians for their

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