New England And Chesapeake Regions Essay

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New England and Chesapeake Colonies: Compare the Differences The New England and Chesapeake colonies were very diverse in several ways. They both settled as successful societies, but there were still differences. Although the New England and the Chesapeake regions were both settled largely by the people of English origin, by 1700, the regions had evolved into two distinct societies because of the differences in the reasons they had for settlement, economic reasons, and geography. A contributing factor to the differences in these two societies would have to do with their reasoning for settlement. The New England colonies had come to settle permanently with families, not just for work. They believed that they should work together as one to make a successful society, which included entertaining “each other in brotherly affection… [be] willing to abridge [as an individual] of superfluities, for the supply of others’ necessities” (Doc. A). they believed unity was a key factor to making a colony productive, and cooperative. Not only were the New England settlers to love one another, as a brother, but also “rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before [their] eyes [their] commission and community in the work” (Doc. A). The New England colonies were tied together, and close knit like a family- which was the objective. John porter, a deputy clerk to Edward Thoroughgood suggests that the list of emigrants bound for the New England region consisted mainly of family (Doc. B). There were 3 families in the list consisting of not only husbands and wives, but also servants, children, kinswomen and so on. This is proof the New England colonies were there to stay. Now, contradicting the New England colonies- the Chesapeake colonies came to Virginia and Maryland for mainly work purposes. They expected gold, as the “Ship List Bound for Virginia”
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