The decline of indentured servitude and the rise of chattel slavery were caused by economic factors of the English settlers in the late 17th century. Colonists continually tried to allure laborers to the colony. The head right system was to give the indentured servant a method of becoming independent after a number of years of service. Colonists chiefly relied on Indentured Servitude, in order to facilitate their need for labor. The decreasing population combined with a need for a labor force, led colonists to believe that African slaves were the most efficient way to acquire a labor force that would satisfy their needs.
Before the 1680's, indentured servitude was the primary source of labor in the newly developed colonies. There…show more content… Even though Bacon died before anything could happen, the threat of such a biracial alliance challenging the power of the master class prompted the colony's elite to switch to an enslaved black labor force. The demand for black slaves rose and this caused an increase of Africans into the colonies. By the 1700's, slavery was deep-rooted in the colonies' government.#
Planters had an abundance of land and a shortage of labor.