Comparison of Colonial Regions

Briana Smith

New England Region

Religion dissent was one of the most common reasons people came. Puritans built a community on pure biblical teachings. They established the colony in Plymouth, Massachusetts, becoming known as the Pilgrims.

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.

Middle Region

The Middle colonies had more religious tolerance and were more cultural diverse.

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.

Southern Colonies

It established by a joint stock company called the Virigina Company. The first successful settlement was Jamestown, Virignia.

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.