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Transcript of Kalen's Plantation
The people who owned these plantations were called planters. Planters and their families did not have to work. Their children got to go to school and have a good education. They "owned" all the slaves. Some planters prided themselves on being kind to their slaves, while others were cruel. Planters had nice clothes and ate good food.
Where were the plantations?
Plantations were usually on the water and on rich soil. The water was useful for trading, as crop buyers from England came in to trade goods. This made it easy to trade. The rich soil was good for growing cash crops like indigo, rice, and tobacco.
Were there people who worked there by choice?
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There were two types of slaves, field slaves and house slaves. Field slaves worked hard all day in the sun. They got a minimal amount of food to eat, and if they did not work hard enough the fields, they would be whipped by the overseer. These were very harsh conditions. House slaves were treated a little bit better. They would usually get better clothing and not have to work as hard. They helped out in the planters house cooking, cleaning, and sometimes even playing with the planter's children! Some indentured servants (See slide six) were forced into slavery because of crimes or, sometimes, they were kidnapped.
Welcome to the Plantation
Colonial plantations had many parts and different types of workers and jobs.
Who sold the crops and bought goods?
Most large plantation owners would sell their cash crops through a broker. A broker is paid by the person to buy and sell for them. Planters would send their brokers with a shopping list to buy their goods for them.The broker also sold the planter's crops in England.
What was a plantation?
A plantation was a large farm or plot of land that had many working parts and people. They grew large quantities of cash crops there.
Did slaves work there?
There were people called indentured servants who also sometimes worked there. These servants would work for a period of time in exchange for something they wanted, like a plot of land or a passage back to England. Not all came willingly though. Some were forced into slavery. (see slide three.)
Who watched the slaves?
The people who kept the slaves in check were called overseers. Overseers whipped the slaves for not working "hard enough". They mainly just watched (and whipped) the slaves. They didn't work in the house or fields.
Where did people go to relax and work?
There were many different places on the plantation. The fields and stables were two of the working places. The slave cabins were small homes were slaves went after a long day. The overseer would usually have a large cabin, and the planter and their family usually had a large manor. From this you can see that the more power, the better living conditions.
By: Kalen Lauring