Similarities And Differences Between New England And Chesapeake Colonies

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During colonial America, lying on the eastern side of the continent were the New England colonies in the north and the Chesapeake colonies in the south. New England colonies composed states such as MA, RI, and CT while Chesapeake colonies contain states like MD, VA and the Carolinas. With these two colonies separated, they share similarities as well as differences. Slavery, politics and religion are the most important key facts that have a common aspect among New England and Chesapeake colonies. With those similarities named before, it creates differences. These paved the way of society in America until 1750 and years to come. In both colonies, slavery was utilized to build the economy of indentured servants. In Document 1, an indentured servant from VA wrote a letter to his parents in 1623. It explained how life being under indentured servitude is one of agony. In the New England colony, the difference that separates them from the Chesapeake is their use of slavery on a smaller scale. Although both use slavery as a component of their economy, Chesapeake colonies used …show more content…
Both colonies are comprised of predominantly white landowning males who ran their political system. In Document 5, a law was passed to stop any form of revolt in the use of weaponry by the negroes (slaves) in the Negroes Insurrections, Statues of VA; 1680. This was created by VA (Chesapeake colony). The slaves had no freedom or power to do what they wanted because of the conformity needed to keep themselves safe and/or under the radar. A result of restricted freedom was Nat Turner’s rebellion New England colonies were slightly more lenient. In their town hall meetings, the whites are the ones in charge but the major difference is that anyone - no matter who they were - are able to spectate the meetings but could not participate. This could have been a factor in the contrasting population between both

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