New England

Alyssa Smith

Colonies Within New England

  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire

Rhode Island

Founder/Date: Roger Williams & Anne Hutchinson (1636)

Economy: Trading due to ports

Politics/Government: Crown

Populations: Approximately 300

Native Americans: Wampanoag, Pequots, Narragansett, and Nipmuck

Religion: Puritans

Significant Events: First British colony to declare independence later in May of 1776

Connecticut

Founder/Date: Thomas Hooker (1635/1636)

Economy: Manufacturing

Politics/Government: General Court

Populations: Approximately 1,472

Native Americans: There was some hostility between the natives and residents

Religion: Free to practice whatever religion

Significant Events: War between the Natives and the Colonists

Massachusetts

Founder/Date: John Winthrop, Thomas Dudley, and the Puritans (1630)

Economy: Trading via ports

Politics/Government: Created by the people; ran by religious people

Populations: Approximately 506

Native Americans: The Wamponoags were a common group

Religion: Christianity and some Puritans

Significant Events: The first Thanksgiving was held here in Plymouth

New Hampshire

Founder/Date: John Mason (1623)

Economy: Trading via ports

Politics/Government: Royal

Populations: Approximately 500

Native Americans: In the 1600s, the Native Americans were forced to leave the area

Religion: Mostly Puritans

Significant Events: In 1641, the Massachusetts colony gained control of New Hampshire