Indentured servants played a key role in the growth of the tobacco plantation system in Virginia and Maryland. They were the chief source of agricultural labor in both of these colonies before 1675.
Planters in Virginia and Maryland used the “headright” system to encourage the importation of indentured servants. Whoever paid the passage of a laborer received the right to acquire 50 acres of land. Masters thus enjoyed the benefits of this system.
The number of slaves increased dramatically in the last quarter of the seventeenth century.
Slave labor in colonial Virginia spread rapidly in the late seventeenth century, as Blacks displaced White indentured servants in tobacco fields.
Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676
Bacon’s Rebellion exposed tensions between the former indentured servants, who were poor, and the gentry (the genteel class of planters), who were rich.
As planters became more suspicious of their former indentured servants, they turned to slaves as more reliable sources of labor.
Growth of Plantation Economies and Slaves Societies, 1690-1754
Slavery developed and spread because the cultivation of tobacco required inexpensive labor.
Slavery was legally established in all 13 colonies by the early 1700s.
Although enslaved, Africans maintain cultural practices brought from Africa.
Rice was the most important crop grown in South Carolina during the mid-eighteenth century.
The Stono Rebellion (1739) was one of the earliest known acts of rebellion against slavery in America. It was organized and led by slaves living south of Charleston, South Carolina. The slaves tried to flee to Spanish Florida, where they hoped to gain their freedom.
The Puritans came to New England in family groups. They wanted to escape political repression, religious restrictions, and an economic recession.
Their leader was John Winthrop.
The Puritans typically lived in small villages surrounded by farmland.
The typical Puritan community was characterized by a close relationship between church and state.
The Puritans believed in the necessity for a trained and educated ministry. They founded Harvard College and Yale College to ensure an adequate supply of ministers.
“ A City Upon a Hill”
John Winthrop called on the Puritans to build a model society, which he referred to as “a city upon a hill”
The Puritans had a powerful sense of mission – to build an ideal Christian society.
The Puritans created a model Christian society with a strict code of moral conduct. For example, Puritans banned the theater.
Here is a full quote from Winthrop’s famous sermon, in which he defined the purpose of the Puritan colony:
“For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.”
The Puritans and Religious Freedom
The Puritans immigrated to America for religious freedom. However, they did not tolerate religious dissent or diversity.
Not everyone shared Winthrop’s vision. Both Anne Hutchinson and Roger Williams were expelled for challenging the Puritan authorities.
She is best known for her struggle with the Massachusetts Bay authorities over religious doctrine and gender roles.
Hutchinson challenged clerical authority and claimed to have had revelations from God.
Massachusetts Bay officials banished Hutchinson to Rhode Island. She later moved to New York, where she and all but one of her children were killed by Indians.
Test Tip- Few Americans can identify Anne Hutchinson. She is most frequently remembered by New York motorists driving on the Hutchinson River Parkway and by tourists who admire her statue in front of the Boston statehouse. Hutchinson is a noteworthy example of a dissident who challenged the early Puritans. APUSH test writers admire dissidents and think you should know about them.
Roger Williams founded Rhode Island.
He advanced the cause of religious toleration and freedom of thought.
He believed that the state was an improper and ineffectual agency in matters of spirit.
Led to the growing popularity on itinerant ministers
Led to an increase in the number of women in church congregations (Women became the majority in many church congregations.)
Test Tip-It is easy to allow the First Great Awakening to slip off your APUSH radar screen. Don’t let that happen. The First Great Awakening has appeared on five of the six APUSH released tests. Pay special attention to reviewing the consequences of the First Great Awakening.
Pennsylvania and the Quakers
The colony was founded by William Penn.
Penn created an unusually liberal colony, which included a representative assembly elected by the landowners.
Pennsylvania granted freedom of religion and did not have a state-supported church.
Quakers were pacifists who refused to bear arms.
Quakers advocated freedom of worship and accepted a greater role for women in church services.
Quakers opposed slavery and were among America’s first abolitionists.
Northern merchants and Southern planters amassed great wealth. Nonetheless, colonial society did not have a hereditary aristocracy.
The number of non-English settlers continued to increase. For example, Scotch-Irish and German immigrants moved into Appalachia as the Native Americans were defeated.
The 13 colonies were religiously diverse. As a result of this religious pluralism, there was no single dominant Protestant denomination.
Slavery was generally accepted as a labor system. The institution was legally established in all of the colonies.
Functioning primarily as mercantile centers, colonial cities collected agricultural goods and distributed imported manufactured goods. Most colonial cities were ports that maintained close economic and cultural ties with England.
Mercantilism and the Navigation Acts
Mercantilism was England’s dominant economic philosophy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
The goal of mercantilism was for England to have a favorable balance of trade. To achieve this goal, the colonies were expected to export raw materials and import finished goods.
Mercantilism was designed to protect English industry and promote England’s prosperity.
The Navigation Acts were part of the British policy of mercantilism. They listed colonial products that could be shipped only to England.
The mercantilist system led to the subordination of the colonial economy to that of the mother country.
The North American colonies took advantage of Great Britain’s policy of salutary neglect to work out trade agreements so they could acquire needed products from other countries.