English Settlers of the Chesapeake Region and New England Essay
Although New England and the Chesapeake region were both settled largely by
people of English origin, by 1700 the regions had evolved into two distinct societies.
As English settlements in North America began to progress, social, economical, and
religious ideas divided the English immigrants. The settlers journeyed to North America
to meet their individual needs and beliefs. Whether they were fleeing to become wealthy
or to escape religious pressures; all of these settlers came attempting to improve their
lifestyles. The Chesapeake region and New England settlements proved how two English
settlements could have differing societies. English …show more content…
(among us were the gold seekers who) with their golden promises made all men their
slaves in hope of recompenses. There was no talk …but ..dig gold, wash gold , refine
gold, load gold. (Document F)” This obsession with gold led to the “Starving Time”.
While everyone was in search of gold, others were dieing due to starvation and disease.
Private property was not granted, hence food was not planted or harvested. This flaw in
priorities also expresses another reason why women were needed in the Chesapeake
region. Perhaps if more women were present, the males’ priorities would incorporate
their family life instead of hopeless searches for gold. However, the region’s success
grew when John Rolfe began growing tobacco in 1613. Rolfe scientifically developed a
smoother tobacco, which caused England to go “Tobacco Mad”. This innovation
extended success in the European markets and aided the Virginia population. Also,
Virginia advanced when private property was later permitted, and once indentured
slaves were given opportunities to become free. Another Virginia improvement was the
development of a representative democracy, which enabled landowners to vote for
representatives, specifically in the House of Burgesses.
Life for the early New England settlers differed far greatly than that of the
Chesapeake region. Pure water and milder