The growth of slavery in the southern colonies between 1607 and 1775 was greatly encouraged by economic, geographic, and social factors. The southern colonies depended on slave labor for financial advantages. Geography and society in the south also helped slavery to become a major part of the southern economy.
By 1775, southern colonies depended immensely on slave labor for economic purposes. The cash crops in the south required much labor, which the indentured servants fulfilled. However, the arrangement did not last long enough, considering how indentured servants worked only for several years before receiving their freedom and competing with his former master over cash crops. Because of this system, a new labor system was created: slavery. Slaves were easily controlled and they were never free people. The South’s economy was boosted by New England colonies’ internal market for southern goods.
Slavery was also encouraged by the geography and climate of the south. Because the climate in the south was one that provided an ideal of amount of rainfall, and did not harm the land, the cash crops grew vastly. The vast plantations called for more slaves. The geography of the land consisted of smooth land, without rocky soil where they had to pick out the rocks from the soil before planting their crops.
The society of the south also contributed to the expanding of slavery. The whites of the south, who did not want slaves, became slave owners anyway because they wanted wealth and respect. The logic in the south was the more slaves you own, the wealthier you are and the more respect you will receive from fellow whites. Aristocrats ruled the south, and silently let it be known that having money equaled power. And the easiest way to gain such money and power would be to own more slaves. Consequently, slave trade was encouraged by the social life of the south.
Between the years of 1607 and 1775, slavery and economy in the south was greatly supported and encouraged...