Compare And Contrast The New England And Chesapeake Colonies Dbq

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The New England and Chesapeake colonies were established during the early 1700s. Despite the population originating from England, the regions had distinct societies. This was due to the fact that many settlers voyaged to the New World in search of riches, to seek new lives, or for religious freedom. They differed socially, politically, economically, and geographically.
The two colonies differed politically. “God Almighty in his most holy and wise providence hath so disposed of the condition of mankind, [that]in all times some must be rich, some poor, some high and eminent in power and dignity, other mean and in subjection” (Doc. A).The New England colony was a representative democracy; they held town meetings. It placed emphasize on having poor and rich families because of the importance of an equal society with representation from all sectors of life. “We intend by God's grace, as soon as we can, with all convenient speed, to procure some Godly and faithful minister with whom we purpose to join in church covenant to walk in all the ways of Christ” (Doc. D). The New England colony believed they were called by God to start a colony. “Let us trace . . .[the] men
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According to Doc. B, the emigrants were mostly families with children; the population ranged from young to old age. This is due to the fact that these emigrants wanted religious freedom; practice their own religion without persecution. In the Chesapeake colonies, the emigrants bounded to Virginia were primarily single individuals who were entering the New World as indentured servants under oath; these people were seeking a better, new life. Majority was men, and the youngest person was 16 years old. The Enclosure Act drove many English people to become indentured servants because they had no means of survival with very little land. These colonies differed for the reason for leaving England and the emigrants who settled in these
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