Slavery’s Effect on Southern Colonies

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Although slavery was horrendous, gruesome, and Americans are still uneasy about the subject of slavery, it was a very significant part of shaping the United States into what it is today. Many might ask why those, such as Jefferson, who were determined to change the ways Americans treated African Americans still turned to slavery. Painfully, but true, slavery was a meaningful part of the southern colonies’ economy by being positively influenced by economic, geographic, and social factors, in the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Economically, slaves were the cheapest form of labor. The colonies first used indentured slaves on plantations, but they were much more expensive than slavery. Indentured slaves had their fare to America payed for as well as supplied with comfortable living conditions and in some cases, food. Slavery was introduced to America and it was a big hit. Slavery was almost free compared to indentured slaves, and with that money farmers were saving, they spent it on even more slaves and expanding their plantations. More plantations meant more crops being produced, which meant more profits that could be used to expand plantations. The economy boomed in the south because of this never ending growth. Farming conditions were much more treacherous in the southern colonies than the northern colonies. Weather and soil were major reasons for the difference of crops in different regions. Southern colonies could not grow crops like the north due to their hot weather and poor, dry soil. Instead, they began planting tobacco, rice, and indigo, more labor intensive crops. These crops were considered to be labor-intensive crops, which made slave owners more accepting of slavery because they did not have to tend to the tiresome duties of owning a tobacco, rice, or indigo plantation. On social terms, slavery was very socially acceptable. The colonies evolved
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