EMIGRANT ROLE CARD


Check out this link for all the EMMIGRANT ROLE CARDS. Below are examples.



Emigrant-Nicholas Granger: unskilled worker
Description: Your prospects of finding work in England aren't very good. Your older brother will inherit your father's small farm, and you don't see much chance of getting land of your own. You're only 15 years old, but you're strong and healthy and Virginia may give you a chance to own land.

Skills: You can't read or write and have no special skills. You don't have the £10 for passage, and you don't see how you'd ever get it. After all, £10 is more than you've ever earned in a year.

Worker Classification: 2

Personal Goal: You'd be willing to sign an indenture for 7 years to avoid working for your brother, but you know that others like you have signed for less.

Points:
º +3 for any indenture at all
BONUS POINTS:
º +1 for each year under 8 years (For example, a 7 year contract is worth +1; a 6 year contract is worth +2; a 5 year contract is worth +3; a 4 year contract is worth +4; a 3 year contract is worth +5; a 2 year contract is worth +6; and a 1 year contract is worth +7).
º +1 if you are not sent to the West Indies

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Emigrant-Robert Peake: tired of working for the lord of the manor
Description: Your parents, and your parents' parents, and their parents' parents have worked the Earl's farms forever. It's a reasonably safe life, the Earl makes sure you're fed and clothed, but there is no reason to dream of better things. And the Earl is definitely not going to loan you £10 or even give it to you as a reward for loyal service. You're young and willing to work. Maybe Virginia will allow you a chance for a new life.

Skills: You know most everything there is to know about animals, especially sheep and pigs. And you're a good farmer. You definitely know enough to run a farm of your own. You cannot read, write or count without your fingers and toes.

Worker Classification: 2

Personal Goal: You know you'll never be rich, but if you go to Virginia there's some chance for a better future; if not for you, then for your children. Besides, working as an indenture won't be any different than working for the Earl, and if you stay in England, that will last a lifetime.

Points:
º +3 for any indenture
BONUS POINTS:
º +1 for each year under 8 years (For example, a 7 year contract is worth +1; a 6 year contract is worth +2; a 5 year contract is worth +3; a 4 year contract is worth +4; a 3 year contract is worth +5; a 2 year contract is worth +6; and a 1 year contract is worth +7).
º +1 if you are not sent to the West Indies

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Emigrant-Thomas Wilson: agricultural worker
Description: As a temporary farm worker, you wander from village to village seeking work. Over the years you've gained some skill as a blacksmith's helper and carpenter, but the work is never full-time. A strong, healthy male in your late 20s, you earn barely enough to support yourself and your wife and child. There seems no hope of ever getting your own farm in England since you're never able to save anything. Going to Virginia offers a better chance, but where would you get the £10 for passage?

Skills: Some experience helping blacksmiths and carpenters on some of the larger estates in England. Good working knowledge of farming operations. Can't read or write.

Worker Classification: 2

Personal Goal: You'd like to be able to go to Virginia, work as an indenture and eventually gain your freedom so you can get some land and start your own farm before you're 30.

Points:
º +3 for any indenture at all
BONUS POINTS:
º +1 for each year under 8 years (For example, a 7 year contract is worth +1; a 6 year contract is worth +2; a 5 year contract is worth +3; a 4 year contract is worth +4; a 3 year contract is worth +5; a 2 year contract is worth +6; and a 1 year contract is worth +7).
º +1 if you are not sent to the West Indies

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Emigrant-Anne Richards: domestic or agricultural worker
Description: You are a 19 year-old female. You are a poor widow. You need a chance to start over and going to Virginia just might offer that chance. You have no children, but you'd like to start a family as soon as you can find a man to marry. You aren't too picky; if he can put food on the table, that's all that matters.

Skills: You can read and write, are an excellent cook, and strong enough for household and/or agricultural work. These skills earn you some money, but you'd be an "old maid" by the time you could save up the £10 necessary to purchase passage to Virginia.

Worker Classification: 2

Personal Goal: You see marriage as the only way to avoid a life of poverty and/or early death. You believe that the shortage of women in Virginia offers you the best chance. You're not too worried about the length of indenture, knowing that many women end up marrying the colonists who purchase their indentures.

Points:
º +3 for any indenture at all
BONUS POINTS:
º +1 for each year under 8 years (For example, a 7 year contract is worth +1; a 6 year contract is worth +2; a 5 year contract is worth +3; a 4 year contract is worth +4; a 3 year contract is worth +5; a 2 year contract is worth +6; and a 1 year contract is worth +7).
º +1 if you are not sent to the West Indies

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Emigrant-Ellias Gaile: orphan
Description: You are an orphan girl of 14. There are few young men in your village and no hope for marriage. Life in Virginia as a domestic servant wouldn't be much different from your life now in England, but maybe going to Virginia would give you a chance to find a husband.

Skills: You have been trained to sew, knit and cook.

Worker Classification: 2

Personal Goal: You don't have to be in a hurry; it's not like you're an old maid yet. And your aunt is nice to you. It wouldn't be easy to leave on your own. You could wait. You decide that if you can get an indenture for 4 years or less, you'll go. If not, you'll wait awhile and see if things get better in England.

Points:
º +3 for any indenture at all
BONUS POINTS:
º +1 for each year under 8 years (For example, a 7 year contract is worth +1; a 6 year contract is worth +2; a 5 year contract is worth +3; a 4 year contract is worth +4; a 3 year contract is worth +5; a 2 year contract is worth +6; and a 1 year contract is worth +7).
º +1 if you are not sent to the West Indies

Last updated: June 10, 2017

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