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First grown in Jamestown by John Rolfe. It is credited with saving the colony, and became an important cash crop for Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.


Indentured Servants

Indentured servitude was a labor system in which people paid for their passage to the New World by working for an employer for a fixed term of years. The lack of land and opportunity for freed indentured servants was the major cause of Bacon’s Rebellion.


Freedom Dues

The collection of goods an indentured servant was to receive at the end of his time. Usually included some food, a set of clothes, and a small parcel of land.


Headright System

System to entice people to bring indentured servants to the colonies. Whoever paid the passage of laborer was entitled to 50 acres of land. Allowed the early settlers able to amass huge amounts of land for plantations.


William Berkeley

Governor of Virginia during Bacon’s Rebellion. He refused to retaliate against Indian attacks on the frontier where many former indentured servants lived. The reaction to that was Bacon’s Rebellion.


Nathaniel Bacon

1676 - Nathaniel Bacon and other western Virginia settlers were angry at Virginia Governor Berkley for trying to appease the Doeg Indians after the Doegs attacked the western settlements. The frontiersmen formed an army, with Bacon as its leader, which defeated the Indians and then marched on Jamestown and burned the city. The rebellion ended suddenly when Bacon died of an illness. This is a primary cause of the shift to African slavery.


Royal African Company

English company that originally had a monopoly on the AFrican slave trade.


The Middle Passage

Term for the the journey slaves were forced on from Africa to the Caribbean. The Africans were packed into overcrowded ship hulls for the months it took for the ship to reach the slave auctions of the New World. About 20% of the Africans died on the trip, mostly due to disease.


Slave Codes

Slave Codes were a set of laws that allowed a slave's master to retrieve their slave from the North (free states) without an authority's permission.


Chattel Slavery

Chattel slavery is what most people have in mind when they think of the kind of slavery that existed in the United States before the Civil War, and that existed legally throughout many parts of the world as far back as recorded history. Slaves were actual property who could be bought, sold, traded or inherited.


Stono Rebellion

A slave rebellion in 1739, in the colony of South Carolina. It was the largest slave uprising in the British mainland colonies, with 42-47 whites and 44 blacks killed.



Large scale farms that relied on slave labor to produce a single cash crop like tobacco or cotton. Usually in the South, were very spread out, and they functioned as a small town with their own churches and graveyards.


Yeoman Farmers

Farmers who owned the land they farmed.



1636 - Founded by a grant from the Massachusetts general court. Followed Puritan beliefs.


Town Meetings

Regular meetings in New England Puritan towns where men would gather to decide town business. Early version of independence that would plant the seeds of the eventual revolution.



A new sermon during the First Great Awakening that scolder church members for their slackening morals and piety.



A sign from God to his chosen few that revealed their destiny. They were expected to live as visible saints afterwards. This experience was necessary to be admitted to the early Puritan church as a full member. These were becoming rare before the First Great Awakening.


Half-Way Covenant

The Half-way Covenant applied to those members of the Puritan colonies who were the children of church members, but who hadn’t achieved grace themselves. The covenant allowed them to participate in some church affairs.


Yankee Ingenuity

The idea that the New England area was a hard life that forced the colonists to become self reliant, resourceful, energy, and purposefulness. Later became the our national image of ourselves.


Leisler's Rebellion

1689 - When King James II was dethroned and replaced by King William of the Netherlands, the colonists of New York rebelled and made Jacob Leiser, a militia officer, governor of New York. Leisler was hanged for treason when royal authority was reinstated in 1691, but the representative assembly which he founded remained part of the government of New York.

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