In 17th century, Englishmen who voluntarily traded their freedom for a fixed amount of time (usually 5 to 7years ) for a passage to America. They could be bought and sold, could not marry without their owner’s consent, punishable physically. Court enforced “work” on these servants. If a female servant became pregnant the laws lengthen the term of their indenture.
- After their term, they can become free member of
- society released from their bondage.