Was the Situation for indentured Servants in Chesapeake characterized more by change or continuity?
Throughout history, many people have immigrated to America for a better life and future. There were three main reasons why the English people migrated in the first place; overpopulation/inflation, poverty/improving conditions, and lastly, religious reasons. In the mid 1500’s, England’s population doubled due to the introduction of nutritious American crops. All of these excess people needed food, and other survival needs, and this need for goods led to high inflation, “which coupled with a fall in real wages as the number of workers increased” (Norton 41). Landless laborers and those who owned very little land fell into poverty. Landowners slowly forced tenants off the land when they took peasantry land, raised rent, or “combined small holdings into large units” (Norton 41). By the 17th century, it was concluded that England had a serious crisis of overpopulation, inflation, a command of workers, and many homeless. Many of the English people decided that they could improve their circumstances by migrating to the Americas.