Comparison of Colonial Regions

Claudia Ocampo

New England Regions

Beginnings- religion dissent was one of the most common reasons people came to America. In 1620, a group of puritans established a colony at Plymouth, Massachusetts. They became known as the Pilgrims.

Economy

The New England colonies relied heavily on the Atlantic Ocean. New England farms were small for the primary purpose of allowing families to be self sufficient.

Society

The Puritan church was central part of life in New England. In 1692, the Salem Witch Trials resulted when various townspeople were accused of being witches, a number of them were condemned to death.

Southern

Beginnings- the first successful English settlement was James Town, Virginia in 1607. It was established by a joint stock company called the Virginia Compeny.

Economy

The souths reliance on staple crops like tobacco and rice led to rise of the plantation system. 1619, first Africans arrive, most likely as indentured servants.

Society

Southern society tended to be divided between the rich plantation owners, poor farmers, and slaves.

Middle

Beginnings- the middle colonies had more religion tolerant and were more culturally diverse.

Economy

The middle colonies depended on both farming and commerce. Farmers raised staple crops.

Society

The middle colonies featured a more diverse population.