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Exploration1: Life of an Indentured Servant

Plantation Dance, Virginia (?), ca. 1790-1800. Issued as a post card by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; original painting in Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Willamsburg, Virginia.
Watercolor by unidentified artist, depicting plantation slaves dancing and playing musical instruments; banjo player and a percussion player (possibily playing a gourd) at right. This may be a scene in the Low Country.
Image courtesy of The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record website at

What do the following accounts tell us about the life of an indentured servant?

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