Compare And Contrast The Massachusetts Bay Colony

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In the 17th century, Europeans were eager to colonize in the newly discovered world. Europe was willing to invest time, resources and money into expanding their power. Powerful nations such as Spain, France and Britain settled there by this time and subtly encouraged Europe to do the same. Europe sent people overseas to two sections, The Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Chesapeake Colony. At the beginning, every aspect influenced their colonies success such as social, political, economic, and geographic. In 1629, a royal charter was granted to a group of wealthy Puritans. Their enterprise was the Massachusetts Bay Company. “Future governor John Winthrop stated their purpose quite clearly: "We shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people …show more content…

Virginia Company sent a small convoy of vessels to the mid-Atlantic region, where they built a fort named Jamestown in honor of James I, the king. It was in 1607, and that became the first permanent English settlement in North America. (Faragher, John M. Out of Many: A History of the American People. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2004. Print) The Chesapeake villages became united and formed the Powhatan Confederacy. The chief led it, named Wahunsonacook or “King Powhatan.” He believed that the Europeans were trouble, but enjoyed the great quantity of supplies that came from across the sea. A major difference in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the Chesapeake Colony was that Massachusetts was based on religion, when in the Chesapeake they didn’t really think of religion, more of how they were doing economically. They had fertile land, and a climate that was great for farming. They had tobacco, corn, indigo and many more crops. Tobacco The demand for slave trade rose because they made plantations which needed slaves to work in order for them to make their

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  • Explains that europeans were eager to colonize in the newly discovered world. powerful nations like spain, france and britain encouraged europe to do the same.
  • Explains that the massachusetts bay company was founded in 1629 by wealthy puritans. the company was transformed into a civil government and the general court became the representative assembly.
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