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Compare and contrast the differences between the Northern and Southern colonies in the 17th century. Colonies Essay

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The Northern and Southern colonies in the seventeenth century had many differences and similarities in the way their region if the world was maintained and controlled. Those comparisons and contrasts can be discovered through three main aspects: political, social, and economical.

Politically, the North and South had differences on who had the bigger voice in the society. In the North, church membership was key to be accepted into the colony. The church controlled the laws and were the most acknowledged in the colony. However, in the South, instead of the church members being boss, land owners were the dominant party. These land owners were the wealthiest and had control over the laws.

Besides the issue of who ruled in the society, the colonies had many similarities between the two sides. Both lands had royal governors who controlled and ruled. They both had the law that enforced the power of the first. This meant that the first child inherited everything from their parents. The North and South also had legislatures that had the power to create, amend, and ratify the laws. Both structures of each of the governments were politically similar; therefore although on opposite sides, the South and North still had similarities between them.

Based on the economic status, the colonies had more differences than similarities. The North had small farms while the South had larger ones called plantations. The main trade item in the North was lumber. The South had less raw materials then the North and mostly traded cotton. The cotton crop was so important to the Southern colonies, it was nicknamed King Cotton. At that time, the North was starting to become more industrialized. The differences between the two sides were that the North had more raw materials for trade than the South, but the South had larger farms and work areas.

Although there were major economic differences, there were similarities as well. The crop, tobacco, was on both sides. The North and South...