Three Colonial Region

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In the early beginnings of British North America, three colonial regions were developed. The New England colonies, the Middle colonies, and the Southern colonies. Although the British founded them all, the three colonial regions developed their own forms of economy, social practices, government systems, and philosophies. The only thing that kept the three colonial regions together was their tie to England.

The three colonial regions have slightly different origins. “The New England colonies began with English pilgrims and Puritans (who were fleeing from religious persecution in England) sailing over to the New World and creating the Plymouth colony.” (New England History) Puritan influence also helped to shape the New England colonies, although many came to the New World to escape religious persecution Puritans soon overtook the New England colonies. Dutch and Swedish Lutherans settled the Middle colonies at first before Quaker William Penn brought over many more different people of different ethnicities, which caused the Middle colonies to become a melting pot. The fact that many different races lived in the Middle colonies caused them not to have one religion. The Southern colonies began with the settlement of Jamestown. “The Virginia Company of London who sent 104 English men and boys to begin a settlement on the banks of Virginia James River sponsored the settlement.” (Jamestown Settlement) Although it was hard work of settling the colony it respectively earned the right to being called Americas first permanent English Colony. The economy varied throughout the colonial regions. The New England colonies primary source of income included fishing, whaling, shipbuilding, and trading. Since their geographical location was not fit to have farms they were the “first region to experience the Industrial Revolution in America.” (New England History) The primary source of labor in New England was “indentured servants.” (New England Colonies) The Middle colonies...
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