How Did The Chesapeake Bay Colonies Develop

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During the 16th and 17th century, England began trying to colonize the New World. England sent out many colonists in an attempt to make more money and gain more land in the Americas. These colonies were separated into different sections: Plymouth Bay, and the Southern Colonies. Although each of these colonies were English colonies, they all developed differently. The southern colonies were split into two groups - Upper South (Chesapeake Bay) and the Lower South (The Carolinas). These colonies developed differently from the Massachusetts Bay colony because of many factors. Geography was a major role in impacting how the societies developed. In the upper south, they had a humid summer, average precipitation, short winters, and fertile…show more content…
The Plymouth Bay colony was made up of pilgrims from England who were trying to escape religious prosecution. This colony developed differently from the southern colonies because of the geography and their religious beliefs. In New England., the geography was very different from Chesapeake Bay. The soil was much more rocky, and unlike the southern colonies, the Chesapeake Bay did not have a long growing season. This meant the Chesapeake Bay colonies could not grow cash crops. Instead, they would have family farms where they would only grow food for themselves. Their religion also helped shape the colony. The Pilgrims had left England because they believed the Anglican Church was corrupted, and it contained too many Roman Catholic beliefs. The Pilgrims were also religiously intolerant of other religions, and believed that theirs were the correct religion. The factors. geography and religion, both helped shape the southern, and Plymouth colonies differently, The Southern colonies had a longer growing season which meant more cash crops, and the Plymouth colonies had a short growing season so that meant farms for only the family. These were how the colonies were
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