The Southern Colonies
by Bella Lufschanowski
Slavery was incredibly common in the Southern Colonies because no one wanted to do the hard work of harvesting crops. The colonists used the Plantation system, where they owned a large farm and cash crops were grown and harvested by slaves. The slaves were taken from Africa and forced onto cruel ships with horrible conditions. They were then sold at auctions once they arrived in America. The male slaves usually worked in the fields, and the female slaves usually helped in the house. Slaves born in America didn't have to experience the cruel torture of the boats, and they were not likely to be separated from their family, as slaves brought in were.