The historian Edmund Morgan mentions that white indentured servants and the first blacks (early to mid 1600s) in the colonies shared the same legal status. The Virginia colony plantation owners actually preferred whites initially even if they came from English prisons.
Some black indentured servants were released at the end of their contracts as were whites. The “permanent servant” status reared its ugly head in the 1660s.
Tobacco and rice farming were labor intensive and there simply were not enough available whites to fill the jobs. Arab and African slave trading had been going on for centuries when Europeans discovered they could take advantage of that existing infrastructure to supply the demand for cheap labor.
FWIW, Jefferson, a Virginian, in his original draft of the Declaration of Independence, included a charge against King George III that he had forced the reprehensible practice of slavery on the colonies . This statement was dropped from the final draft for what appears to be a political compromise with the Carolinas and Georgia.
Whew i’m glad you correctly stated taking advantage of an “EXISTING” infrastructure. Seems like most Americans feel whites created and perpetuated slavery the world over. This is Very wrong. Europeans got in on it for a short while and realized it’s evil very shortly and banned it wherever they could. It took 400 years but that’s nothing compared to the several thousands of years it flourished the world over.
Why is the white man NOT credited for ending one of the worst practices of human kind? [/quote]
That would be part of the I’m responsible for myself thing. Constant balme shiftign keeps people from taking personal responsibility.