Slavery Dbq

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He explained that since coming to Virginia, all he had consumed was peas and watered down gruel and very little bread that had to be shared by four. So you can only imagine the aches in their stomachs, the pain they felt in their joints, the headaches and the dizziness he must have experienced. A reason for so little food, other than them being property to their masters, could be due to the fact that a primary focus on plantations in the colonies was the growth and harvesting of cash crops. They needed to get as much grown, harvested, and ready to sale and trade as fast as humanly possible. Their master’s desire for wealth and money was so high that most of their land was used for growing their rice, indigo and tobacco crops instead of food.

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