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Life on a Colonial Plantation

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Gene Monahan

on 21 November 2016

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Life on a Colonial Plantation
Crops and Cash Crops Grown on a Colonial Plantation
Cash crops included tobacco, rice, and indigo. Regular crops included cotton, wheat, corn, oats, flax, and hemp.
What is a Plantation
A plantation is a usually large farm or estate, on which crops are cultivated by resident laborers.
Planters and Overseers on a Colonial Plantation
On the colonial plantation, male planters watched over the plantation, female planters took care of all the people on the plantation, and children were educated by tutors. Planters did not have to work. Also their were overseers who watched and harshly punished the slaves.
Slaves and Indentured servants
On the plantation their were two types of slaves, field slaves and house slaves. Field slaves and would labor hard in the field planting crops. house slaves were treated better. Female house slaves would wash clothes, cook, clean, and sew. Males would drive carriages, take care of horses, and practice skills like carpentry. Children would play with the planters children. Finally indentured servants would work with the slaves in the field. Some indentured servant came willingly others were sent by the English court to work, for punishment of their crimes.
Selling the crops
To make money the planters had to sell their crops. They did this by hiring a broker (someone who is paid to buy and sell goods for someone else). Planters then sent their crops to England with a list of things they wanted the broker to buy for them. The broker than sold the crops, bought the goods the planter wanted, and sent them back to the plantation.
Major Parts of a Colonial Plantation
Some of the many parts on the plantation were the planter's house, the overseer's house, and the slaves' cabin. This is were the residents of the plantation lived. There were also chicken and cattle pens, were they kept the animals. Next their was a barn which they stored tobacco and other cops in. Finally their was the river, which let the ships come through so they could load the crops. Sense plantations were far away from other buildings some had a church.
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