The 13 Colonies


People of all religions came to the Middle Colonies too. The Middle Colonies became home to Dutch Mennonites, French Huguenots, German Baptists, Portuguese Jews, and English Anglicans. Lutherans,Quakers,Moravians,Amish,Dunkers, Presbyterians, and Catholics settled in the four Middle Colonies.

The Middle Colonies of British North America—comprised of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware—became a stage for the western world’s most complex experience with religious pluralism. The mid-Atlantic region, unlike either New England or the South, drew many of its initial settlers from European states that had been deeply disrupted by the Protestant Reformation and the religious wars that followed in its wake.


Geography led New England to develop into a commercial and industrial region. The land and climate doesn't support large-scale farming, but natural harbors made fishing, shipping, and shipbuilding profitable. Fast-moving rivers ran mills and machinery to manufacture goods. A strong working class developed.

Immigrants tended to come in families, and 90% of them lived in or near small villages along these rivers. Homes and businesses were literally built in rings around a common building, and there were often shared woodlands and pasture lands for livestock. Since New England farms were fairly small, homes were pretty close together.

This compact design encouraged commerce and made community schools practical. New England was the first region in which public education appeared. But the most important aspect of community life may have been the town meeting, held in the common building. These provided an opportunity for townsmen to voice their concerns and interests and planted the seeds of democratic government.

New England women enjoyed a higher social standing than their counterparts in Europe. A competent wife was an important asset in the new world. All women were educated, since everyone needed to study the Bible. They were even allowed to cast their husband's vote at town meetings if he were absent


  • In Virginia their economy is Agriculture, Plantations, Tobacco & Sugar.

  • In New York their economy is Agriculture, Iron ore products.

  • In Massachusetts their economy is Ship building, Rum exports.

  • In Maryland their economy is Agriculture, Plantations, Tobacco & Sugar.

  • In Rhode Island their economy is Ship building, Rum exports.

  • In connecticut their economy is ship building and rum exports.

  • In New Hampshire their economy is ship building and rum exports.

  • In Delaware their economy is agriculture and iron products.

  • In North Carolina their economy is Agriculture, Plantations, Tobacco & Sugar