Indentured Servants

 

One of the more overlooked features of American history is just how expensive it was to immigrate to America.  The sea voyage could take up to two months, and the fare was not cheap.  Passengers would usually have to supply their own provisions during that time period.  After this expense most immigrants would arrive with not much more than the shirts on their backs.  Small wonder that indentured servant contracts, or articles of indenture, were so popular.  (more…)

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