The Mid-Atlantic Colonies

The formation of the great colonies

Pennsylvania was in the territory between New England and Virginia. It was a colony founded by the religiously tolerant Quakers, led by William Penn. Further north, New York was settled by the Dutch, who called it New Amsterdam. In 1664, the British conquered the colony and renamed it New York.

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The climate in the mid-Atlantic region is milder than in New England. There are still four seasons, but the winters are not as cold as in New England; and the summers are not as hot as in the southern region. There is still a lot of precipitiation.

Geographic Features

The mid-Atlantic region is also part of the Appalachian and Adirondack Mountain rages much like New England. It's situated along the east coast so there are lots of navigable rivers, good harbors, and coastal plains. The mid-Atlantic region is unique in that it also has piedmonts, plateaus, and waterfalls!


The soil in the mid-Atlantic is very fertile and well suited to farming.


The mid-Atlantic colonies produced wheat, barley, rye, corn, and orchard fruits in the very fertile soil.

Natural Resources

In addition to farmland the mid-Atlantic has plentiful water related resources such as fish and ports.


The settlers of mid-Atlantic colonies were from various religious backgrounds; there were Quakers, Lutherans, Congregationalists, Anglicans, Catholics, and Jews.


Money in the mid-Atlantic colonies came from fishing, lumbering, shipbuilding, and farming. The mid-Atlantic's vast wealth of natural resources allowed the region to be very economically successful in many industries.