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1) Bacon's rebellion
Bacon's rebellion was one factor that led to the massive increase in the importation of African slaves during the early eighteenth century. The rebellion was a result of poor white former servants who desperately wanted money and land. After the uprising, the colonists decided that the white workers were too likely to cause civil unrest in the colonies. Therefore, they began searching for other servants who would not start another revolt such as Bacon's Rebellion. They came to the conclusion that the African servants would be better suited for their needs.
2) Slave price
For a long period of time, African slaves were not prominent in the Chesapeake colonies because they were unaffordable. If an African slave were to die on the journey to America, the farmers would have paid a large sum of money for nothing. The white slaves were less costly, so if they died on the journey, there was less risk involved. However, as the demand rose for African slaves, more companies started to sell them. Soon, the companies lowered prices in order to compete with other companies and the slaves became more accessible.
3) Rise of Wages
Another contributing factor to the importation of African slaves in the first half of the seventeen hundreds was the rise of wages in England. When the wages rose, the indentured servants had no reason to go to the New World because the economy was so good in England. As the amount of indentured servants decreased, the amount of African slaves increased.