Slavery Takes Root

The first European colonists to settle in North America hoped to become successful farmers, craftspeople, and businessmen. Soon after their arrival, they discovered that in order to complete the many tasks necessary to find success, they would need workers—lots of workers.

At first, the colonists looked to the local Native Americans for help. And at first, the native people provided aid. But Native Americans were familiar with the landscape. When they found that the European way of life did not suit them, they walked away and returned to their

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