Years of Slavery by Jim Ollhoff

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Colonies were often created to benefit the mother country, usually by sending back needed raw materials such as crops, minerals, or lumber. HISPANIOLA A large island in the Caribbean Sea. Today it is split into two countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. INDENTURED SERVANT Someone who worked without pay for a certain length of time, in some cases four to seven years. After this time, they would be granted freedom. NEW WORLD After the early expeditions of European explorers, North and South America were referred to as the New World.

But then, the British governor of Virginia suggested that slaves might go free if they fought for the British. So, many slaves joined the British forces. Then, George Washington said that black slaves could fight in certain United States regiments. While the black fighters in the In 1791, slaves in Haiti rebelled against French forces and eventually won independence, giving hope to the anti-slavery movement in the United States. 28 Revolutionary War didn’t earn their freedom, the idea of “fighting for freedom” continued to be a powerful inspiration.

At first, George Washington, who commanded the American forces, didn’t want blacks to fight. But then, the British governor of Virginia suggested that slaves might go free if they fought for the British. So, many slaves joined the British forces. Then, George Washington said that black slaves could fight in certain United States regiments. While the black fighters in the In 1791, slaves in Haiti rebelled against French forces and eventually won independence, giving hope to the anti-slavery movement in the United States.

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