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As immigrants to the British New world, Africans had no choice of their destinations. The first African Americans who arrived in Jamestown were neither free or slaves. For this reason, they served as indentured servants, until their terms were complete. Despite the lack of slave tradition, gradually, slavery replaced indentured servitude as the primary means of plantation labor (Keene, 2013). Unlike slaves, the indentured servants were protected by the civil rights. Therefore, colonists could not use indentured servants as they had in the past because they were not effective means of plantation labor. There was a significant difference between slaves and indentured servants. Indentured servants agreed to work without pay for a specified amount of time, and were protected by basic civil rights. Such kinds of agreements were provoked either by debt of the desire to go to America. On the other hand, slavery was a formal ownership of an individual and often for very. Therefore, slaves were considered to be properties and not human beings.
In Keene (2013), the colonies of New England, the Mid –Atlantic as well as the Upper and Lower South formed independent commerce, cultures, and conduct. In these colonies, I would prefer to live in the Mid-Atlantic colonies. Characterized by fertile soils and religious toleration, Mid-Atlantic was the most promising colony. Just like their counterparts, colonies of New England, the mid-Atlantic colonies paid their way into the colonies. They were not indentured servants because they had enough money to establish themselves in the new colonies (Keene, 2013). In addition to its fertile soils and religious toleration attributes, its geographical location also presented the greatest benefit for the mid-Atlantic colonies. Privileged by their central position, the Mid-Atlantic colonies acted as the most significant distribution centers in the English mercantile system. As a result of this factor, Philadelphia and New York had the fastest growing economy (Keene, 2013). Philadelphia and New York gave rise to brilliant thinkers such as Benjamin Franklin, thus earning respect from both sides of the Atlantic. I would have preferred to live in the Mid-Atlantic colonies because they served as the intersection of ideas in the course of the colonial period.