Similarities And Differences Between The Southern New England And Southern Colonies

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In terms of religion, government, social structure, and economy, the Southern, New England, and Middle colonies shared both similarities and differences. From New Hampshire all the way down to Georgia, the settlers that settled in the colonies really defined what each colony had to offer. Between the types of religions to the governments they had, there were many clear reasons why they were similar and different. In the Southern colonies, which consisted of Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, religion, government, and their economy were a couple of their main features. Virginia, founded by the Virginia Colony in 1606, was part of the Anglican Church and had a House of Burgesses. The House of Burgesses was self-governed …show more content…
Since Maryland had their Act of Toleration, the Christians were the people who were respected the most. South Carolina, found in 1670 by eight nobles, was part of the Anglican Church and was considered a “Royal Colony.” A “Royal Colony” is when an English leader (Charles II) runs a colony. Since South Carolina had Charles Town, it made importing and exporting goods easier. One of the main goods that came was rice. So South Carolina enslaved Savannah Indians and African slaves to do cultivate on the farm since rice was also big in Africa. North Carolina, founded in 1712 by the Virginian and South Carolinian outcasts. Just like Virginia and South Carolina, North Carolina was also part of the Anglican Church. Since North Carolina was mainly outcasts, they were the most democratic and most independent-minded and least aristocratic government in the colonies. As mentioned before, North Carolina was filled with outcasts and religious dissenters, so majority of the social structure was all filled with them. Georgia, founded in 1733 by James …show more content…
Plymouth, founded in 1620 by William Bradford, was full of puritans and had the Mayflower Compact, which was the first governing document in the colony. When the puritans got to Plymouth, they had to work hard just like in Jamestown, Virginia since they were the first in the area. Also Plymouth had a good relationship with the native Wampanoag Indians later creating the festive holiday of Thanksgiving. This is different from Virginia because Jamestown did not have a good relationship with the Indians in their region. Massachusetts Bay Colony, founded in 1630 by the Virginia Company was also a puritan based colony and had town halls and a governor for their government. The public was given the choice to vote for their ministers while they also worked hard to make the Massachusetts Bay Colony a dominant colony. Rhode Island, founded in 1636 by Rodger Williams, had complete religious tolerance and was separated from the church, state, and trails. Since everyone was accepted in Rhode Island, they accepted “Free-thinkers,” allowing people to have more freedom. Connecticut, founded in 1639 by Thomas Hooker, was also another colony that followed the puritan teachings. Thomas Hooker created the “Fundamental Orders,”

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