Compare and Contrast the Different Ways in Which Economic Development Affected Politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the Period from 1607 to 1750.

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Honors US History I

July 7, 2011

Essay Question: #3 Compare and contrast the different ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607 to 1750.

From all of the colonies that resulted from European expansion and

conquest, perhaps the two most famous would be those of Virginia and

Massachusetts. The economic development of Massachusetts and Virginia

started in the same period of time but had many differences between them.

Each was established by the similar groups of people but they had different

beginnings, also a different view on religion, and different means economic

stability, which created two different politics and economic systems.

The settlements of Virginia and Massachusetts were both established

about the same time, but the ways that they were established were incredibly

different from each other. The first difference seen in the beginning of the

colonies was caused by trial and error. The Virginia Companies had many

failures and close calls, while Massachusetts has a successful first settlement

by smart decisions regarding food and planning made this possible. The

second difference also occurred was leaderships in each company. Virginia

did not have good leadership until John Smith came and started well thought

out society based on a set of ideals made life easy to follow. Before the time

being, Massachusetts had John Winthrop who successfully developed the

settlement in the area. The third difference between the beginnings of

Massachusetts and Virginia were the workers in the work forces. Virginia’s

people were lazy and relied on the native people. While Massachusetts was

settled by hard working Puritans, who did not have as much problems with

natives in the beginning. In conclusion, the differences in the settlement’s

upbringing were not the only thing that divided the two colonies. Another

reason why the...
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