Comparison of Colonial Regions

Marquisha Anty

New England Region

Religion:


  • Puritans

Economy:

  • Relied on the Atlantic Ocean
  • Shipbuilding, trade, and fishing were leading industries
  • New England farms were small for the primary purpose of self-support needs for families

Society:

  • The Puritan Church was a central part of life
  • Everyone who attended had to support the church
  • People who didn't support the church were banished
  • The Salem Witch Trials occurred
  • Males got an public education, but females were prepared for housewife duties

Why started:

  • For religious purposes

Middle Region

Religion:


  • Quakers
  • Catholics
  • Lutherans
  • Jews


Economy:


  • Depended on farming and commerce
  • Raised staple crops
  • Had important port for shipping overseas
  • Also benefitted from the fur trade
  • Forged an economic relationship with the Native Americans


Society:


  • Had a more diverse population
  • Pennsylvania became home of the Quakers
  • The region started to push west due to the diversity and tolerance
  • Merchants formed the upper class of the region if they dealt in foreign trade
  • Sailors and unskilled workers made up the lower class


Why started:


  • Had more religious tolerance and was culturally diverse
  • For economic reasons

Southern Region

Religion:

  • Baptists
  • Anglicans


Economy:

  • Tobacco
  • Rice
  • Plantation systems
  • Slavery

Society:

  • Divided between plantation owners, poor farmers, and slaves
  • Upper class was superior to those beneath them
  • No public education


Why started:

  • Mainly for economic reasons

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