The Distinct Differences of New England and Chesapeake

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George Sotereanos
Unit 1

The Distinct Differences of New England and Chesapeake
By the year 1700, the New England and the Chesapeake regions were both settled largely by people of English origin, although the regions had evolved in two distinct societies. The people who made the epic voyage to the new world came here for many different reasons. They wanted to lead the lives they wanted. Some were poor and needed money and saw America as a place to strike it rich. Others did not have the religious freedom they needed to practice their religious beliefs. The distinctions between New England and the Chesapeake region occurred because of religious, social, and economic differences.

The settlers of New England came mostly for religious toleration. Many people that settled in New England were Puritan separatists who disagreed with the cruel religious repression of Charles I. The Puritans came to plant a godly commonwealth in New England's rocky soil. The settlers who immigrated to the Chesapeake region had no intention of finding a place to celebrate their religion. Therefore, New England became a much more religious society than the Chesapeake region. John Winthrop, a Puritan priest states in Doc.A "We must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our god in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world". This shows that their goal was to create a wholesome Christian community, where Christianity could be worshiped in proper ways. It also shows that they believe if they do not do the work God has given them, that he will refuse to help them and they will perish. They felt that they needed to do their work, and because they did, the harsh times were not as bad as the Chesapeake settlers. The Chesapeake settlers mostly came to get rich quick. They would start searching...