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Indentured Migration and the Servant Trade from London to America, 1618–1718 – 'There is Great Want of Servants' - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Indentured Migration and the Servant Trade from London to America, 1618–1718: 'There is Great Want of Servants'

John Wareing


The central role played by indentured servants in the settlement and development of the English colonies in the West Indies and the North American mainland in the first century of English colonization has been overshadowed by the much larger later trade in African slaves. This book provides the first examination of the English end of the trade in the four sorts of indentured servant that delivered the majority of an estimated 457,000 white people to the American colonies before 1720. Colonization created ‘new Englands out of England’ to enlarge trade and plantation, but settlement required peo ... More

Keywords: migration, colonization, plantations, achievement, commodification, exploitation, servitude, slavery, spiriting, regulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198788904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Wareing, author
Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Studies (Retired), University of North London

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