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Starts of Cash Crops
Transcript of Starts of Cash Crops
Transporting the Crops
Cash crops that were grown in Jamestown, were then transported through the waterways, to markets.
A Planters Life
Most of the time, the English did not go to Jamestown to trade. Instead they sent brokers, who are people who go broke after investing money, to buy for others, and to trade their goods for the ones in Jamestown.
Unlike slaves, planters were wealthy, and were some of the smartest in the 13 colonies. The Planter's children, would sometimes have their own school, or the Planter would hire a teacher from Europe. Girls, would stop school at ages 12-13 to learn skills. The Planter and his wife, would take care of their family and everyone in the household, such as their servants, and slaves. They clothed them provided medical care, and feed them. In addition, planters did a public service. In this they would serve as a judge, or representative, for the colonial assembly.
As time went on, the English started to capture slaves from Africa, and not give them freedom like the indentured servants. They were sold like anything else, as if they were a good. The slaves would work in the house or fields, and sometimes had an overseer watching over them and to punish them if they weren't working. House slaves were treated much better than the field slaves, and did the cooking, washing, and cleaning. Owners made decisions, like how they were treated, and what they were fed. Slaves were often beaten or whipped.
A Slaves Life
The History of our Plantations
Cash crops such as tobacco, indigo, and rice, became important to a community, soon after English settled in Jamestown. These big crops expanded with the growth of the land. Soon these crops will be very important.
By: Peter Macdonald
The cash crops in Jamestown, were then traded to English crop buyers. In exchange, the English gave lace, thread, shoes, farm tools, and various dishes.
To have a successful farm, whether small or big, there must be determined workers to do the job for countless hours. Family members would work to make sure the crops were planted, harvested, stored, and shipped. Unfortuantly, as farms expanded, more workers were needed, so indentured servants, whether they were forced to go or not, were the ones working in the fields.