Indentured Servants and African Slaves

However, they had many things in common; both slaves and servants didn’t have the right to marry without their owner permission, they were also subject to physical punishment, and saw their obligation to labor enforced by the courts. Moreover, once the servant females or slave women became pregnant, they continued to work. Besides, both male and female slaves and servants could be the violence subject and it even could result in death.

Despite the fact that the situation of both African slaves and indentured servants was practically the same, the time passed and the status of these two groups had changed a lot.

As we can see after the year 1700, there were a lot of African slaves and fewer servants and that was the reason why the servants got a privileged stratum and had lighter work as well as the more skilled tasks.

In addition, the colonists tried to turn to the African slaves because of one more reason. When servants got their freedom, they became competition. Because of this factor, in the early 1680s, the colonists turned to African slaves. As a result, firstly, there were practically no differences between these two types of help, but within the time it were the African slaves who became the primary source of help for the colonists.