Colony Essays

  • Diverse Cultures in the Colonies

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    The colonies of the New World were formed by a very diverse group of people. The colonists had personal reasons for settling in America. Socially, politically, and religiously they all differed. I will explain their backgrounds on each and then tie it all together showing you how our country came to be an equal nation of all these peoples. First of all, the colonists were socially different. Most of the first settlers were not the first born men in the family. They were the younger brothers who had

  • The Exploitative Colony of Virginia

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    The Exploitative Colony of Virginia I believe that the early settlers of the colony of Virginia made it into an exploitative and ignorant colony, due to the fact that it was set up primarily to make a small number of individuals wealthy while ignoring the rights of its other members. In the year 1607, a group of adventurers from the Virginia Company established the first English-American colony in the Chesapeake Bay area (Greene, 1988). They landed in Jamestown, and it became the first English

  • Comparison of Colonies

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    Comparison of Colonies There were various reasons why the American Colonies were established. The three most important themes of English colonization of America were religion, economics, and government. The most important reasons for colonization were to seek refuge, religious freedom, and economic opportunity. To a lesser degree, the colonists sought to establish a stable and progressive government. Many colonies were founded for religious purposes. While religion was involved with all of

  • American Colonies

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    American Colonies When settlers from England came to America, they envisioned a Utopia, where they would have a say in what the government can and cannot do. Before they could live in such a society they would have to take many small steps to break the hold England had on them. The settlers of America had to end a monarchy and start their own, unique, form of government. They also had to find a way that they would have some kind of decision making power. The most important change that the colonies

  • Vikings and the First American Colony

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    Vikings and the First American Colony The idea that Columbus did not provide Europeans with their first long term contact with America is now nearly universally accepted. Activists for the Irish monk, St. Brenden, and other early explorers are gaining support with new archaeological evidence. It is the Norsemen, though, that have the distinction of being the first colonizers of the Americas, whether or not chance meetings occurred before. The legacy they left the Americas is striking considering

  • Rise and Fall of the Jamestown Colony

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    Rise and Fall of the Jamestown Colony The English settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, was founded on May 14, 1607 by Captain Christopher Newport and his fleet of a hundred or so Englishmen. During the next nine decades, this settlement would begin as "a verie fit place for the erecting of a great cittie(Tyler, 33)", and develop into "nothing but Abundance of Brick Rubbish, and three or four good inhabited houses(Miers, 107)." Two major factors led to the gradual decay and destruction of Jamestown:

  • Roanoke Colony

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    The Lost Colony Jamestown is thought by most of to be the first colony in the New World but this is not the complete truth. Jamestown is considered our first successful colony; however it was not the first attempt at a colony. There were a few attempts to colonize the New World before Jamestown and one in particular that was the most mysterious is the Roanoke colony, also known as the Lost Colony. The colony got this name because the colonists that were there vanished mysteriously with no trace

  • Chesapeake and Southern Colonies

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    By the 1700’s, New England, the Chesapeake region and the Southern colonies developed into three distinct societies, despite coming from the same mother country, England. The regions of Colonial America each had a distinctive culture and economy entirely different from the other regions. Religion and religious tolerance was completely different in each region, running from being free to complete persecution. Ethnicity and racial composition ranged from almost complete British descent to a wide range

  • Quartering in the Colonies

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    Quartering in the colonial colonies is remembered as an intolerable form of oppression; the Quartering Acts of 1765 and 1774 had different implications to the colonists during their active rule. The thirteen colonies did not all agree on a particular viewpoint for each act but the general feelings of frustration and disrespect seemed to be similar. The quartering of troops in American colonies was an inconvenience to the people (under both acts) economically, socially and politically. The housing

  • Delaware: The Breadbasket Colony

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    Delaware, also known as the “breadbasket colony” for its mass production of wheat, was founded in 1636 by Peter Minuit and the New Sweden Company. Named after the Delaware River, whose roots derived from Sir Thomas West, Virginia Company’s first governor, the colony of Delaware was originally named New Sweden as an unsuccessful attempt by the Swedes to found a brand new colony in the New World. From the very start of its colonization, New Sweden was lacking manpower in a mere 10 years, but slowly

  • The Roanoke Colony

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    The Roanoke colony was located on the Roanoke Island, in Dare County. This is where North Carolina is located today. In 1584, explorers Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe were the first Europeans to set view the island. They were sent to that particular region by Sir Walter Raleigh with the assignment of exploring the extensive sounds and estuaries in hunt of an ideal location for settlement. Barlowe wrote bright information of Roanoke Island, and when the explorers returned to England a year afterward

  • Jamestown - The First English Colony

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    Jamestown: The first English colony In spite of the many Indian massacres, Jamestown still grew to be a successful colony. The London Company was the main founder of Jamestown. The London Company's founders believed that there were precious metals in America so they sent a group of settlers to Jamestown. The trip to the Americas was not a very easy one for these settlers. They had to overcome many obstacles just to get to the Americas. In 1619 the House of Burgesses was formed which marked

  • The Need For Slavery In The American Colonies

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    The Need for Slavery in the Colonies Farming, sewing, and taking care of livestock were just a few responsibilities that were left to slaves during the 1600's. White families received all of the benefits from the work done, yet they rarely had to lift a finger, unless it was to correct a slave. Today's generation reads about slavery and regards it as morally wrong. While I agree that slavery was one of America's greatest wrongdoings, it paved the way for America as we know it today. One of the

  • The Jamestown Colony: Amerigo Vespucci

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    start of what we call home today. One of the first well know colonies to be established on the new land was, the Jamestown Colony. This colony was located in the area that became Virginia. As this colonization grew in the new world the growth morphed into one of the largest and most powerful countries on the face of the Earth. In the year 1607, three ships sailed the Atlantic from England in search of a place to start the Jamestown Colony. After exploring the land around Chesapeake Bay, they chose

  • Development of Colonies

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    England started to explore and conquer the North America. Through the 1600s and the early 1700s, three major colonial regions, the New England colonies, the Middle colonies, and the Southern colonies, formed and developed, and the economic freedom from land owning drew people to the North America. However, during and after the French-Indian War, colonies cooperated to resist British policies and finally declared their independence in 1776. The three colonial regions blossomed quite differently in

  • The English Colonies

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    The New England colonies and the Chesapeake colonies were both English colonies but each had different factors that influenced them. Around 1606, a large population boom followed by high inflation and a fall in real wages motivated men and women to migrate to the New Found land. Merchants and wealthy gentry, who were interested in gaining great profits by finding precious metals and opening new trade routes, formed the Virginia Company which was to become the Chesapeake colonies. On the other hand

  • Middle Colonies Vs New England Colonies Essay

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    resources within the colony. The reason for establishment varies between the colonies, as the colonists varied in their intentions for settlement. The Southern Colonies were established to seek natural resources and to seek wealth thus raised funds “to send indentured servants and slaves to farm: rice, indigo, and tobacco” (notes from class) were provided, while the New England colony were established for spirituality reasons and to glorify God. In comparison, the Middle Colonies were established as

  • New England Colonies

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    New England Colonies Motivation • By and large, the people who settled in the New England Colonies wanted to keep their family unit together and practice their own religion. • They were used to doing many things themselves and not depending on other people for much. • Some of these people came to New England to make money, but they were not the majority. Economy • The New England Colonies were largely farming and fishing communities. • The people made their own clothes and shoes. • They

  • The Mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

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    Mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke It was the age of discovery that first provoked intrigue and curiosity of new lands, particularly the Americas, and how the Europeans could expand to fit their society within the borders of this unknown and unexplored land. By the 1580s, more had been learned about the Americas, but any colonization until this point had not even been attempted. And so it was the English, under Queen Elizabeth I's rule, that were issued to establish a colony along the east coast

  • The Chesapeake Colonies and New England Colonies

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    established colonies in Mexico and Mesoamerica. In 1607, England established its first colony in North America around the Chesapeake Bay, and nearly a decade later established a second colony in present-day New England. Both New England and the Chesapeake were founded by the British around the same time; however, both colonies developed a different economy, government, and many other ways of life. In 1607, King James I. granted a charter to the Virginia Company which allowed them to start a colony in the