In the 1700s, many Africans were kidnapped from their motherland countries to American colonies and enslaved by the colonists. The white settlers in Northern America saw that Africans would provide a more considerable labor force compared to indentured servants who came from poor European families. Within this period, the number of African slaves in America grew steadily due to the transatlantic slave trade. In 1700, a total of 27,817 African captives were enslaved by the British settlers in North America. This number rose to 150,024 slaves by 1740. In 1770, the number of Africans captured and brought to American colonies had increased to 462,000 slaves. By the end of the 1700s, the population of African slaves in American was one-fifth that of the white settlers.