Indentured servants were men and
women who signed a contract (also known as an indenture or a covenant) by which they
agreed to work for a certain number of years in exchange for transportation to Virginia and, once they
arrived, food, clothing, and shelter. Adults usually served for four to seven years
and children sometimes for much longer, with most working in the colony's tobacco fields. With a long history in
England, indentured servitude became, during most of the . . .
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