Chesapeake Vs New England Colonies

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David Shahverdian & Thomas Rorick Ms. Mocarski AP U.S. History September 24, 2009 Differences in the Development of the New England and Chesapeake Colonies When historians investigate the cause of the American Civil War, they often disagree about where the foundations for such a violent and bloody conflict began. Some argue the war was for political power, that the Union needed to maintain control of the Confederate states. Others vehemently defend that it was purely an economic conflict, that the war was driven solely by desire for economic prosperity and economic profit. Still others maintain that it was socially driven, a war based on the differences in fundamental beliefs between the Union and Confederate states. But in our history it is important to realize that it may not be one of these causes, but a combination of all of them that created the conditions that began our civil war. In examining history, it is important to look at more than any single cause of an event, and in looking at the development of the English colonies in the new world, it is equally important to try to understand all of the reasons why the colonies developed into entirely different societies. When we examine the English colonies in New England and Chesapeake, we see that although they were settled largely by people of English origin, by 1700 the regions had separated into two distinct societies because of their geographies, the reasons why the colonies were settled, and the differences in beliefs and values held by the colonists. The Chesapeake and New England region both developed differently due to their geography. Chesapeake’s geography forced a large social stratification to build, fostered a need for slaves, and a sense of disconnection. Earlier on, John Rolfe had cross bred a tobacco species that was weaker than the Native American species, which
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