A Comparison of the New England and the Chesapeake Bay Colonies

937 Words Mar 2nd, 2007 4 Pages
Chris Nguyen
AP US History

A Comparison of the New England and Chesapeake Bay Regions
During the 1700's, people in the American colonies lived in very distinctive societies. While some colonists led hard lives, others were healthy and prosperous. The two groups who showed these differences were the colonists of the New England and Chesapeake Bay areas. The differentiating characteristics among the Chesapeake and New England colonies developed due to economy, religion, and motives for colonial expansion. The colonists of the New England area possessed a very happy and healthy life. This high way of living was due in part to better farming, a healthier environment, and a high rate of production because of more
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The people of the Chesapeake Bay region faced malaria, typhoid, and dysentery. As a result, nearly half of the population did not live to see their twentieth birthday, and even less lived to age into their forties. The colonists of the Chesapeake Bay were mostly male, with a ratio of six males to one female. Men had to compete with one another for women. Families were both few and weak in the Chesapeake Bay environment. Scarcely any children reached adulthood with just the care of their two parents and almost no one knew a grandparent. The exact opposite occurred in the New England area as in the Chesapeake area. In New England, propitious climates, clean water, and plumbing helped prevent the spread of disease. As a result, it was not unusual for New Englanders to live to the age of seventy. The settlers who came to New England migrated to the New World with their families, allowing the family to stay in tact and remain the center of New England life. The lifestyles of the two regions differed immensely. Life in New England well surpassed life in the Chesapeake Bay in almost every aspect.
The New England and Chesapeake Bay regions differed clearly in many different ways. These differences included religion, economy, and population. The New England colonists were trying to find a more suitable land of opportunity where they could better their lives and use New England's religious freedom. They wanted to create a society where they could focus

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