2. Indentured Servitude. One half to two thirds of all immigrants to Colonial America arrived as indentured servants. At times, as many as 75% of the population of some colonies were under terms of indenture. .The historic basis for indenture grew out of English agricultural servitude and began because of labor shortages in England and in the colonies. Criminals convicted of a capital crime in England could be transported in lieu of a death sentence.Servitude also could result from indebtedn1141
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