Chesapeake Vs New England Colonies Dbq Essay

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By the 1700’s, the New England region and the Chesapeake region had become two very distinct societies. Even though they were both settled by people of the English origin, New England was based more toward developing longer lasting families rather than finding gold and getting rich quickly, the Chesapeake and the New Englanders had different economic goals, and both regions had very different geographies.

The ships that came to New England had very different groups of people emigrating than the ships going to the chesapeake regions due to the fact that New Englanders came to the New World as families seeking religious freedom with some wealth while people from the Chesapeake area came to New England with very little money. Each
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Just as early southern United States was based on slave plantations (due to its fertile land) while United states was based on industry (because of its poor farm land), New England was focused on industry as the Cheseapeke colony was based on plantations. Not only did the colonies in the north not have as good of farming because of the infertile land, the New England colony also had shorter summers and colder temperatures. Even though the New England colonies did not have large plantations to grow crops on, each familie wanted more land (which there was plenty of) so the colony started to spread out and everyone was granted their own share of planting land (Doc. D). The New England colonies had many laborers like workmen and tradesmen instead of almost all farmers or gold miners like in the Chesapeake area in result of the land in New England that was not very good for farming. The New Englanders were able to make a living by working within the lumber industry, fishing industry, or other jobs that weren't farming. Due to the poorness of the Chesapeake colony, they needed to find an staple crop to create a steady income for the colony. Because of this, the Chesapeake people eventually used indentured servants and some slaves to farm tobacco and create this agricultural based economy. These different geographies lead to very different economies as Chesapeake people focused on farms because of their fertile land while colonists

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