Comparing The Government, Religion, Geography, And Economy Of The Three English Colonial Regions

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Compare and contrast the government, religion, geography, and economy of the three English colonial regions (the Chesapeake area, New England, and Pennsylvania). Be sure to consider the role of race, gender, and ethnicity.

The Chesapeake Area (Maryland/South Colonies)!
In regard to government, Maryland was a proprietary colony which means that it gave the Calverts (its owners) the right to appoint all people and to control the government or the land. In broad terms, the Southern Colonies were ruled by the high-class people who developed a political system that honored local laws and customs based upon their elite, socially-stratified beliefs. Additionally, in 1619, the House of Burgesses was formed. The House is a legislative assembly made up of elected representatives.

In terms of religion, the Chesapeake Area followed Anglican faith. Religion was not valued very highly, it played almost no role in politics and the economy. In other words, religious freedom were not large concerns in the South.

When describing the geography, with fertile soil, warm weather, and a few rivers, the South’s geography was a primary reason for immigrants to come to America. South also had perfect geography for the growth of cash crops, such as tobacco.

The economy relied almost entirely on cash crops, including tobacco, rice, indigo, and later, cotton. The desire for huge profits (which needed a reliable form of cheap labor) created an enormous slave population in the colonies.

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