New England And Chesapeake Colonies

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New England and the Chesapeake regions of the thirteen colonies were both settled by Englishmen coming for a better life than what they would have had in England. Although these settlers` came from the same place, their ideals and beliefs were all different in nature and resulted in two distinctly different societies. As the colonies became more populated and established their economic identity, an immediate difference can be seen in how the New England colonies maintain revenue in contrast to the Chesapeake. Politically, these regions were somewhat similar but immensely different in regards to the role of religion in the government. In regards to religion, the different types of Christianity in each region would come to play a major role…show more content…
The way in which the colonies made enough money to support England was based off as the geography of the land and how conducive the use of agriculture and cash-crops would be. The different climates of the New England and Chesapeake created different economies for each. In New England, the economy was based on shipbuilding and fishing because of long winters and the rocky soil that was not fertile. New England colonies, founded by primarily large families, only had small family farms as a result of the climate and turned to trade and industry rather than agriculture. The lack of need for farming for the economy led to the abolishment of slavery, as it was seen as unnecessary based off the economy. On the other hand, the Chesapeake colonies had a climate that was conducive to farming and cash crops and needed slavery. With rich soil and complete reliance on tobacco as a cash crop for the economy, plantations were established in order to cultivate tobacco on a larger scale. As a result, the Chesapeake colonies were much more labor intensive in comparison to the New England colonies. Slaves began to outweigh the number of indentured servants due to the Slave Codes which made the slaves and their descendants property rather than people and lack of opportunities for indentured servants. The economy of the New England and Chesapeake colonies were different due to the climate of each colonies which either led to a reliance on industry or agriculture. The religion of each colony was also impacted the economy, of whether of not they used slavery, and was a major difference in

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