Life in the South

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Life in the South

Over time, enslaved Africans created a culture that blended African and American customs and religion to survive the hardship of slavery. They formed close communities, embraced Christianity, told stories in rememberance of their homeland, and sung spirituals to pass time working in the fields and for inspiration.

Life in the Southern Colonies

Children lived easy lives. Most were educated at home. Boys learned how to ride horses and girls learned how to sew and sing. When the children got older, the boys learned how to become plantation owners and the girls learned how to run large house holds.

The south was known for its large plantations. Many workers were needed. Many colonists lived on small farms in the backcountry area. The southern region's long growing season and warm damp climate was perfect for growing crops. The cash crops of the southern colonies were tobacco, indigo, rice, and cotton. Why were cash crops grown in the Southern Colonies and not in the New England ones?

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Spiritual Survival

Slavery had developed and changed over time. In the early 1600s indentured servants did much of the hard work on plantations. By 1750, greater number of enslaved Africans were living in all 13 colonies. Most lived in the south. Enslaved Africans were not treated as human beings. They worked long, hard hours in the fields or in the house, from morning to night, and in the heat or cold. An overseer would make sure the slaves continued to work hard each and every day. If they did not, they were often whipped and punished. They were never allowed to leave the plantations, therefore they wore heavy chains. If they tried to leave, and got caught, they were beatened, killed, or severly punished. Most died at an early age. What are some other factors that would cause most slaves to die at an early age?


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