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...