White Servitude in Colonial South Carolina

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CHAPTER V
The Poor Protestants of Europe

BY FAR THE LARGEST NUMBER and certainly the most important group of the white indentured servants were the poor Protestants from Europe. These were largely voluntary immigrants, seeking to escape a condition become intolerable at home because of economic, religious, and political oppression. As these conditions were more or less prevalent in all parts of the European world, there was a sprinkling of many nationalities among the colony's servant class. Of course, since the Catholics were discouraged from coming, the immigrants were representative of the northern Protestant nations. After a search of the Gazette the following breakdown of nationalities can be made:1


TABLE IV
Nationalities of Servants
German (including Dutch)29
Irish25
English21
Scotch15
Welsh7
Swiss4
French4
Portuguese3
Scotch-Irish2
Virginian2
New Englander1
Norwegian1

The individual references were as follows:

Nationalities Represented among White Servants: Names Appearing in the Gazette
Dutch:
Johannes Henric Bokker June 5th and 12th, 1755
John George Coone Aug. 12th, 19th and 26th, 1745

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