Treatment of Slaves and Serfs

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By definition, a slave is a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another. This kind of treatment to human beings is called slavery and it has been around for centuries. During the 1400’s slaves were taken from Africa and shipped to the Americas. A serf by definition is, a person in a condition of servitude, required to render services to a lord, commonly attached to the lord's land and transferred with it from one owner to another. In Russia the serfs were peasant farmers that were owned by the person who owned the land. Africans made up the larger part of the slave pool in the New World. The first known slaves appeared in Jamestown, Virginia around 1619, and since then slavery existed in America for about the next 200 years. As well as, the Russian Serfdom which consisted of Russian slaves and existed for more than seven centuries until it was emancipated in 1861.
From the years of 1450-1750 huge changes were made in both the North American continent and the country of Russia. When the Europeans came the Americas they not only stood their but also traveled to Africa. This is where they began a trans-Atlantic slave trade that would eventually bring millions of Africans to the Americas. Both of these huge incidents in history dealt with similar and different circumstances such as the treatment of the slaves, the gender roles and the punishments they endured.
In the dark ages of 1450 to 1750 which was a devastating time period,…
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