New England Colonies Dbq Analysis

comparative Essay
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1234 words

New England and Chesapeake Region’s Distinctions The “New World” attracted settlers and explorers from across the world. Throughout the age of exploration, mass amounts of people explored America, while some nations developed posts or trading ports in North America. The concept of moving to a new, uncharted area attracted many Europeans, who experienced religious persecution and/or desired a fresh start to life. The newly arrived settlers formed colonies, and settlements, whose creation shaped the future of the nation. By the 1700’s the New England and Chesapeake regions evolved into distinct societies through their colonist’s reasons for settlement, population, socio-economic developments, because of the religious, and cultural contrasts …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Describes how the "new world" attracted settlers and explorers from across the world. the concept of moving to a new, uncharted area shaped the future of the nation.
  • Compares the reasons for settling in new england and the chesapeake region.
  • Compares new england's population with the chesapeake region, which was more religious and family oriented.
  • Compares new england and the chesapeake regions in terms of socioeconomic status and social distinctions.
  • Explains that migration reasons, population and economic status of the new england and chesapeake regions led to differentiations between the two regions.

The New England population was made up mainly of those who practice a strict christian or puritan religion. The population closely followed God and God’s word throughout their work and lives, as shown in Document C. This particular document displays how the colonists in New England and especially the Massachusetts Bay Colony need to work together as a whole to create good lives and always follow God in their lives. The New England colonies consisted of considerably more families and children, then in the Chesapeake Region, as shown in Document H, when compared to a similar list for a Chesapeake colony in Document I. The New England colonists were more religious and family oriented. These settlers also had a lower amount of slaves than the colonies in the Chesapeake region. When analyzing Document E, one can decipher that by 1700, Virginia and Maryland had over 20,000 more slaves than the Massachusetts and Connecticut colonies. New England’s population was mainly religious peoples and families, while the Chesapeake Region had larger amounts of workers, and slaves. The Chesapeake colonies were largely working people, plantation owners, and slaves. The plantations and farms created a large number of slaves, in these colonies. Document E, again exemplifies this, showing how Virginia alone, had over 20,000 slaves. making up almost one-third of the colony’s population by 1700. The Virginia colony and the other regions of the Chesapeake also had more working men, then families and women in the areas. Document I, shows how younger men migrated to Virginia, and on one ship list, there were only 11 women, compared to over 60 men. There was a large unbalance in the gender ratio of the Chesapeake regions. Compared to the New England colonies, the Chesapeake regions also lived much more spread apart, due to the sizes of many plantations and farms. Population of New England and The Chesapeake

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