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Middle Colonies Research Paper

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American colonies were known as: New England, the Southern colonies, and the Middle colonies. The colonies developed because economic and political institutions in the colonies were either typically European or distinctively American. Climate, soil conditions, and other natural resources shaped regional economic development in all the colonies. New England made big profits from trade. The Middle Colonies had big cities and excellent harbors along the coasts. The merchants who lived in these growing port cities exported cash crops, especially grain, and imported manufactured goods. Because of its enormous trade, Philadelphia was the fastest growing city in the colonies. The Southern colonies developed into prosperous colonies that made large…show more content…
They build ships, farmed, and traded for money. The Middle Colonies were less industrial than the New England Colonies, yet more industrial than the Southern Colonies. Lumber and shipbuilding were both important industries in the Middle Colonies. The middle colonies were fertile. Land was generally acquired more easily than in New England. Farming was dominant in the Middle Colonies and was known as the bread winner of all the colonies. The Middle Colonies' chief export was grain, in addition to other crops such as corn, vegetables, fruit and livestock. There was more religious freedom in the Middle Colonies than in New England. No single church or religion dominated in the Middle Colonies. The Middle colonies were the most democratic, religiously tolerant, and the fastest growing colonial region. Their religious groups were: Quakers, Huguenots, Jews, and the Presbyterians. The people who founded the Middle Colonies were looking to practice their own religion (Pennsylvania mainly) or to make money. All of the systems of government in the Middle Colonies elected their own legislature, they were all democratic, had a governor, governor's court, and a court…show more content…
Southern Colonies were dominated by a desire to make money, which led to the development of large plantations and an agriculturally-focused society. Much of the labor on the farms and plantations was done by slaves brought over from Africa. The Southern colonies had warm climate and rich soil. The southern colonist’s religions were mixed between Baptists and Anglicans. They grew rice, indigo, and tobacco for cash. The southern colonists learned, quickly, how to make a living growing tobacco. They built huge plantations to grow massive crops of tobacco to be exported to England. They made trades, hunted, and farmed for money. The southern colonies had their own government. The colonists had meetings when they wanted to talk about issues, interests, or laws. The laws had to be approved by the advisory council and their
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