Colonies In The Americas

New England- Middle- Southern Colonies

New England Colonies

Life in the New England colonies was very hard because during the Ice Age the fertile soil was moved to the south. This left a rocky landscape in the north that made farming very difficult. There was even a short growing season. This meant that farmers usually only grew enough crops to feed their own family. The New England colonies benefited however they could with what resources they had such as lumber and cod.

Middle Colonies

Because the climate and land was so fertile and rich, the majority of the people living in these colonies were farmers. Men, women and even children alike worked. Men and boys helped did farming work such as harvesting and cropping while women and girls did house work such as sewing and cooking. This created a huge working class mentality throughout the colonies. Many farmers grew more than what they needed for their families and the extra food and livestock was sold in the big cities.

Southern Colonies

The Southern Colonies had many diverse people who led very distinct lives. The rich families in the south could afford to live on plantations. Men were the head of the families and owned all of the property. They usually supervised and plan the work of the slaves and received money for the crops they grew on the plantation. Poor to middle class people, could only afford to grow food to support their families, very few made enough to sell and make profit. Most colonists and back country settlers lived in log houses as well. There were people that didn't farm too and they focused on educating their kids manners, reading, writing, and prayers. Few families could but, some hired a private tutor (most often from Europe) for educating the children of the house.

Every colony had their disadvantageous but used their advantages to prosper their lands the best they could.