Chesapeake Vs New England Colonies Dbq Essay

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The Chesapeake and New England colonies developed differently because of their motivation, preparation, and demographics. One of the biggest differences between these two regions is the motivation to establish their colonies. New England was north of the Chesapeake region, and included Massachusetts Bay Colony, Plymouth, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The New Englanders were Puritans, who sought religious freedom where they would be free to practice as they wished. They wanted to be “that city upon a hill”(Doc A). Meaning they thought they were perfect, a city that everyone else would admire and want to imitate. The Chesapeake region included Virginia, Maryland, the New Jerseys and Pennsylvania. In 1607, Jamestown, the first English colony in the New World to thrive and prosper, was founded by a group of about 100 settlers. In this region the government leader were rich because money was not dispensed out to others(Doc H). Settlers hoped to find gold, silver, or any other valuables they might take back to Europe and make money off of. "There was no talk... but dig gold,wash gold,refine gold,and load gold"(Doc F). Once gold became less of an option they turned to…show more content…
New England brought over puritan families that consisted of both men and women of varying ages(Doc B). There was social stability and life was good as long as you were a puritan and followed their beliefs. The puritans were able to advance their settlements because they had already determined what their colonies would look like. Virginia on the other hand consisted of white men looking to for gold(Doc C). There was social instability due to the indentured servants being about two thirds of the population(Doc G). Before the settlements could make money they had to establish laws, agriculture, and a way of life, unlike the puritans who created their whole settlement before they even
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