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The Chesapeake

by: Sydney Mills

The Chesapeake HIST 1100 - 01

Sydney Mills
American History to 1865
John Wigger

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American History to 1865
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Sydney Mills on Thursday September 17, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to HIST 1100 - 01 at University of Missouri - Columbia taught by John Wigger in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see American History to 1865 in History at University of Missouri - Columbia.


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Date Created: 09/17/15
The Chesapeake Tobacco and Slaves 09152015 Life in the 7th century Chesapeake Demographics 6 persons per square mile Malaria a great debilitator Life expectancy 48 years for men 44 years for women in the 17th century Parental death most children lost one parent 13 lost both Harsh living conditions Unfree labor 85 of immigrants to 17th century Maryland arrived as indentured servants 80 of indentured servants were men about age 20 0 most served 57 years gender imbalance o as late as 1704 men outnumbered women 41 Marriage and pregnancy Immigrant women married at 25 native born women at 17 Premarital pregnancy was common about 10 of birth out of wedlock Up to 13 women pregnant when they wed Less parental and community control Tobacco 5 troubles Price collapse in 1629 0 Prices sink 97 from 36 pencepound to 1 pencepound Stabilized at 23 pencepound Cost about 2 pencepound to produce productivity 0 6500 pound shipped annually in early 16205 0 1 million pound by end of 16305 0 20 million pounds by late 16705 0 little opportunity 0 little upward mobility 0 poor living conditions 0 land exhaustion 0 could only plant tobacco for 3 successive years 0 marriage age and population growth 0 age of marriage increases number of children declines Bacon s rebellions Bacon arrives as wealthy 29 year old 0 Establishes plantation upriver from Jamestown 0 Con ict with local Indians 0 Susquehannahs Doegs and Picattaways Nathaniel bacon and Gov William Berkeley 0 Bacon raised an army and attack Susquehannahs and Ocaaneechees Bacon burns Jamestown September 19th 1676 0 Bacon dies October 26 1676 0 Bacon as a symbol of discontent From servants to slaves few servants cam to Chesapeake by 1690 s 0 planters turn from servants to African slaves 0 only 400 slaves in Maryland and Virginia by 1680 0 10000 slaves arrive 16901770 slave demographics and love fertility of immigrants Origins of African American society 0 3 stages of community development 0 1st stage 16501690 0 small plantations little community most slaves immigrants o con icting legal status before 1660 2nCI stage 16901740 0 large scale slave importations peak about 1740 0 small plantation sizes 0 social con ict among slaves 3rCI stage 17401790 0 slave importations decline 0 plantation sizes increase 0 black population grows o more stable communities


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