Compare And Contrast The Motivation Of Chesapeake Colonization

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The motivation of the colonization of the Americas has been simplified to three simple G’s: Gold, Glory, and God. The settlement of the Chesapeake and New England colonies were no different. While the settlement of the Chesapeake was focus on Gold and Glory, New England was characterized by its focus on God. The motivations of both the New England and Chesapeake colonies largely contrasted. While both were chartered from their respective Virginia companies, the area in the Chesapeake was settled for fiscal reasons: the settlers wanted gold, and they’re only motivation was to gain fortune. There “was no talk… but dig gold, wash gold, refine gold, load gold…” (F). This was a purely financial operation. This is why there was a very large man to woman ratio in the Chesapeake. This lack of family structure disabled the Chesapeake from gaining any…show more content…
In the Chesapeake, they faced social divisions and the threat of Native American. The indentured servants felt that the wealth had been “contrived away by unworthy favorites and juggling parasites whose tottering fortunes have been repaired and supported at the public charge.” (H). With that, came Bacon’s rebellion, which was eventually put down, but it would shape the colonies to, in the future, rely on slaves who could be reliable and serve for a longer term. The obstacles in the south did not end there, they also have the Anglo-Powhatan wars, which the English also won, but with great difficulty. Meanwhile, in the North, the Puritans faced little real threat, with the only threat coming as a form of a change of the way of life, but that was fixed by the compromise that was the Half-Way covenant. Both the Chesapeake and New England had their motivations, methods, and obstacles in developing their colonies, but it is in their roots, that the most significant difference is found: The Chesapeake was founded on fortune, while New England was settled on
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