The New England Colonies And The Chesapeake Colonies Essay

1150 Words Sep 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Beginning in the early 17th Century, English settlers scattered themselves along the eastern coast forming some of the first clearly defined regions of the United States. While both the New England colonies and the Chesapeake colonies had deep-seated aversion for the natives, they differed in their religious homogeneity and economic policies. The New England colonies were strictly Puritan whereas the Chesapeake colonies followed no universal religion; also, while the New England colonies relied on fishing, shipbuilding, and farming, the Chesapeake colonies relied on their strong tobacco based economy. Although both regions were eventually conquered by the British and forced to merge as one nation, the New England colonies and the Chesapeake colonies were composed of many longstanding differences.

The New England colonies and the Chesapeake colonies were similar in that both had a strong distaste for the natives. Both saw the native population as a threat to their expansion and as a result the natives were persecuted. The New England colonies even went as far as to massacre some 500 Pequot men, women, and children in May of 1637. John Underhill, one of the captains fighting against the Pequot Village, boasted about their victory by publishing an account of the Pequot War. Through this account, it is easy to see the intended audience is that of Puritans because they can all rejoice over God’s (supposable) will being done (Doc 3). This war, known as the Massacre…

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