Comparison of Colonial Regions
New England Region
New England colonies relied heavily on shipbuilding, trade and fishing. The colonies farms was small for primary purpose allowing families to be self-sufficient.
The Puritain church was the central part of the New England society.
They depended on both farming and commerce. Farmers raised staple crops, and large cities had important ports for shipping products over seas. They also benefited from fur trade and forged economic relations with Native Amerrican.
Due largely to the diversity & tolerance, the region featured a frontier that was continually pushing west. Merchants were the upper class in the middle colonies and sailors, unskilled workers, and some artisans made up the lower class.
The South's reliance was on staple crops like tobacco and rice, which led to the plantation system. In the southern colonies they had servants known as indentured servants, who worked to pay of landowners. Later this gave way to slavery.
Southern society tended to be divided between the rich plantation owners, poor farmers, and slaves. The wealthy made up the upper class.
Southern colonies were mainly established for economic reasons.