Chesapeake Colonies Essay
development of a representative democracy, which enabled landowners to vote for
representatives, specifically in the House of Burgesses.
Life for the early New England settlers differed far greatly than that of the
Chesapeake region. Pure water and milder temperatures caused diseases to become rare.
Therefore, New England settlers added ten years to their life spans. Also, unlike the
Chesapeake settlers, “New Englanders migrated in family units”(Document B). This
observation in document B along with early marriages caused New England’s population
to dramatically increase. The New England town life was organized into small villages
and farms. It was stated in the “Articles of Agreement that: the new settlers intended for
their towns to be composed of forty families..rich and poor. Every inhabitant was to have
a convenient proportion for a house lot, as what was seen fit for everyone’s quality and
estate. Also, everyone was to have a share of the meadows or planting ground.”