The large plantations and estates in Virginia was the result of the special conditions of tobacco culture alone. It did not spring as a result of slavery. Indeed, the plantation system was founded upon a permanent basis many years before the number of slaves had reached 1000 in the colon. Tobacco would have flourished if not a single African had been introduced into Virginia. White workers indentured themselves for work in the Virginia colony in exchange for passage from England. He was merely a servant for a fixed number of years rather than for life and was given a plot of land afterwards.