In America, all the states came together to create one unified group, but each colony, although originating from the same place “England”, carried different people with different reasons and goals. Going back to the root country of England, Puritans wanted to purify the Anglican Church because they believed that only a selected few who are truly devoted to the religion should be part of it. After being chased out of England by King James I they moved to Holland were they would be free to practice their religion. But out of fear that their children were becoming “Dutchified”, and forgetting their English roots, they approached the Virginia Company and set fourth to Virginia where they would begin to their own colony based on the Puritan belief. But instead of docking in Virginia they ended up landing in New England, and so it marked the beginning of Puritan settlement New England.
This led to plantation-based economy in Virginia. On the contrary, freedom from religious harassment motivated people, primarily Puritans, to come to Massachusetts to exercise their religious beliefs. In other words, although both the Virginia and Massachusetts colonies originated in England, colonial Virginia and Suffolk Massachusetts were developed into different societies by the late seventeenth century due to differences in economy and religion. The Virginia and Massachusetts Bay colonies differed in economy. Economic profit was a primary driving force in the colonization of Virginia.
They decided to come to the new world after the Church of England separated from Catholicism in a decision made by King Henry VIII. Although the Church of England and Catholicism were no longer intertwined, they still felt they did not have the entire amount of religious freedom they desired. They decided that the best course of action would be to head to the new world so they could start a society in which they could practice their religious beliefs freely and without persecution. They were also joined by some quakers and catholics who had not joined the church of England, who also wanted freedom to practice their religious beliefs how they saw fit. Although they came to the new world to start a society based on living a religious life,having religious freedom, and being a
Soon after, the two religions fought for power and later on in the century, the Protestant religion became prominent and the rivalry with Spain (Catholic) intensified. 2. Explain how conditions in England in the 1600s made it “ripe” to colonize North America. Religious intolerance and social stratification in Europe made many people yearn for new opportunities to be found in America. Because of religious intolerance, people wanted to escape the persecution and go to the new world so they could live their lives freely.
The colonists tried different outlets to produce income for the colony such as silk, wheat, glass, timber, and cotton, before discovering tobacco’s profitability. Nicotiana rustica, the native tobacco raised in Virginia before the colonists arrived, was not favored by the Europeans. John Rolfe, however, was the first man to successfully raise a strand that the Europeans embraced. By contrast, Plymouth had more success by implementing a variety of cash resources for the colony. Its largest profits came from fur trading with Maine and the Dutch of New Amsterdam.
At first the company tried to attract investors by giving them shares in the Virginia Company that could be redeemed for land. When this didn’t work the Virginia Company was forced to try something else. Because of the lack of profits and high mortality rate the company then began to ship the indentured servants to Virginia at the company’s cost. The servants would then be placed on company-owned land. Once the indentured had arrived the company would rent them out to planters
The goal of the new town was that of creating almost a model society, working together as one. Documents F is an excerpt from the History of Virginia by Captain John Smith. The History of Virginia is a personal account written in third person of the dealings in Virginia, and the mishap and greediness that occurred. According to Smith, the “worst” people out of those looking for wealth were the “gold seekers.” They didn’t come to America for anything other the hope of getting rich, versus the Puritans who went there for religious purposes. Apparently the men in search of gold would make “all men their slaves,” but in Document A it’s said that the Puritans must “work as one man.” Documents D, which was basically a Constitution of their own, made it known that the New Englander’s top priority was to get a minister as soon as possible.
One of the bigger differences socially was the people that came to the colonies and the later effect that it evolved to with the future of their colony. In New England, most of the people that came to the colonies were families that wanted to leave England so they could freely practice their religion and focusing on building a well-built society in their colony (A). In the Chesapeake region the colonies were focusing on bringing in money for England, they first were there to find gold like the Spanish did one hundred years earlier (F). Once they found out that there was no gold to bring in a decent enough of a profit, they started to grow tobacco since the price of the product was dropping. Once they started to plant the colonists realized that the plant would just flourish on the new and fertile soil, they then had the production of that plant to feed that economy for their early settlements.
Exactly, why is freedom achieved only for Englishmen and not women or anyone else not of the European race? How is this considered freedom? Is this how the difference in development occurred? First off, in New England Calvinism (created by John Calvin) was the people’s fate already predetermined, causing control of the people, and some wanting to break away from the church. The biggest difference causing the Pilgrims versus the Puritans, was the Pilgrims wanted a complete separation from the Church of England, and the Puritans on the other hand.
DBQ American Revolution At the eve of the revolution it was evident that the colonists had developed a sense of urgency for their own identity and unity as Americans due to the constant political, economic, and social interference from Britain forcing them to break apart. Parliament began making laws that the colonists did not agree with. In order for the colonists to live how they wanted, they had to make changes; they had to break away from their “Mother Country”. As a result, the colonists began to slowly build their own identity. As identity grew away from British customs, unity among the colonists was beginning to increase as well.