New England Colonies

Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire

Connecticut

  • Connecticut was formed in 1636 by the Puritans from Massachusetts
  • It was established as a corporate colony and held town meetings to dicuss political issues
  • They made their money from mixed agriculture
  • There was around 1,500 people when the colony was first formed and then in 1780 there was around 200,000 colonists
  • There were tribes such as the Mohawk, Mohegan, Nipmuck, Pocumtuck, an the Pequot
  • Connecticut being formed by the Puritans had a Puritan religion
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Rhode Island

  • It was formed in 1636 by Roger Williams after he was banished from Massachusetts
  • They made their money from mixed agriculture
  • Like Connecticut it was a corporate colony
  • In 1636 they had around 300 people, which went up to nearly 53,000 in 1780
  • Native American tribes were the Nipmuck, Pequot, Wampanoag, Narraganset and Niantic tribes
  • Rhode Island did not really have a religion
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Massachusetts

  • It was formed in 1620 by a group of Puritans
  • They made their income from fishing and shipbuilding, and were the leaders in shipbuilding in the New World
  • It was set up as a corporate colony
  • In 1620 the population was around 500 which shot up to 270,000 in 1780
  • The Mohican, Nauset, Wampanoag, Pequot, and the Pocomtuc were some Native
    American tribes at the time
  • Being formed by Puritans the religion was of course Puritan
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New Hamphire

  • It was founded in 1623 by Mason and Georges because it was granted to them by the Plymouth Company
  • It was at first a corporate colony and then made into a royal
  • Their income came from mixed agriculture
  • In 1623 there was around 500 people in the colony, then in 1780 there was around 88,000
  • Some Native American tribes included the Abenaki, Malecite, Passamaquoddy, and the Pennacook
  • People in New Hampshire were very much Puritan
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