Indentured

An indentured laborer was a worker under contract for a specific period of time.

Unlike a slave, an indentured labor worked for a set period of time – usually four to seven years. These workers were not paid in cash. Instead, they were given transportation from their home country, food, clothing, and housing.

The system of indentured labor was created to find cheap workers. For many poor and unemployed people it offered the chance to start a new life in a new country. Once their work contract was complete, they were free to live in the new country and find a new job that paid.