Stono Rebellion And Salem Witch Trials

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From 1607 to 1750s Great Britain governed British North America through salutary neglect. The lax rule attracted ethnically diverse immigrants from European countries who sought economic opportunities, religious freedom, and escape from their violent homelands. Africans also contributed to the diverse heritage of America by involuntarily migrating to America. The lax rule plus the diverse demographic prompted the Stono Rebellion and Salem Witch Trials which reflected the economic, political and social tensions of colonial society. The Stono Rebellion and Salem Witch Trials both reflect economic tensions but the Stono Rebellion was due to a slave based economy while economic disparity played role in the Salem Witch trials. The Southern colonies` main motive for settlement was profits from derived from plantations; tobacco in the Chesapeake and Carolinas plus rice and indigo in S. Carolina. After Bacon`s Rebellion plantation owners switched over to African slaves because they required less maintenance, work time wasn’t limited to contracts, and were less likely to rebel than indentured servants. Slavery was a much more profitable and safer alternative to indentured servitude. Africans in the Atlantic slave trade sourced from West Africa; African warlord chiefs raided rival villages for young healthy males and sometimes women. On some occasions prisoners of war, many being strong warriors were a prized commodity in the slave trade. After crossing the Middle Passage some found

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