New England Colonies
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire
In the early 1600's, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was created by the Puritans for religious freedom. The Puritans were very strict and only the men were allowed to participate in government activities. There was lots of ship building and fishing in Massachusetts. The land was not very fertile, so they farmed just enough to survive.
In 1636, Roger Williams was banned from Massachusetts for being a dissenter, or questioning the Puritan beliefs. Williams founded Rhode Island for religious freedom. Anne Hutchinson was also banished from Massachusetts and she helped Williams found Rhode Island. Like Massachusetts, the land was not very fertile, so the colonist farmed their own crops to feed their family.