New England Colonies

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Geography and Climate

  • Moderate summers and cold winters
  • Appalachian Mountains
  • Boston Harbor
  • Hilly terrain, rocky soil, and jagged coastlines

Economy

  • Fishing
  • Shipbuilding
  • Trade
  • Port cities
  • Skilled craftsmen and shopkeepers

Social Life and Political Life

  • Village and church as the center of life
  • Religious reformers and separatists
  • town meetings