The Southern colonies benefited from favorable climate for growing exotic staple crops. They also received the first known shipment of African slaves in the Colonies.
Indentured servants, usually migrants promising work to landowners, made up about half of the White settlers in the colonies. Their rights existed somewhere between slaves and free men, and many indentured servants died while working off their sentences.
Virginia's governor, William Berkeley, ruled the colony for 35 years. He spent his tenure appealing to the rich while stamping out the rights and honor of the lower classes. Under Berkeley, the rich ruled Virginia.