American Life in the 17 th Century. 1607-1692. Virginia and Maryland Harsh Life: Malaria, Dysentery, and Typhoid. Cut ten years off the life of an Englishmen ½ of people didn’t reach 20 th Birthday Mostly men in the their late teens or early 20s migrated to region. 6:1 m/f ratio
Whoever paid the passage of laborer received 50 acres of land. Led to huge land owners and growing plantation system.
By 1700 Indentured Servants made up ¾ of all immigrants to Virginia and MarylandIndentured Servants
House of Burgesses feared that newly freed servants would cause trouble.
Approximately 400,000Africans were brought to the U.S. in the 3 centuries following Columbus’ voyage.
Created their own language: Gullah, a mixture of English with African languages.
Partial membership rights to people not yet converted to Puritanism. (1662)