Unit Essential Questions

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Kaylah Hampton

Block 2

8/25/12

1. Compare and contrast the three regions of colonial development.

The three regions of colonial development were very alike, however, very different at the same time. The New England colonies led very strict, Puritan lifestyles. New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island of the New England colonies were all founded due to religious conflict or the stretch for religious freedom. The Middle colonies were a mixture of religions such as Quakers, Catholics, and Jews. The Southern colonies had the most religious tolerance; this colonial region had about 10 differing religions all throughout the area. The New England colonies were not very successful with farming due to the dysfunctional terrain. Because of this they heavily relied on fishing, shipbuilding and textiles. The Middle colonies were dependent on agriculture and trade. The Southern colonies had slave trade, rice, and tobacco.

The three colonial establishments were also very alike. Although they each lived colonial life in different ways, they were all democratic. At one point, all of the colonies were unhappy with the Stamp Act, Townshend Acts, Quartering Acts, and so on. They all wanted to boycott the British when they met for the First Continental Congress. And they, obviously, all agreed to declare for independence from Britain (except for New York who passed on their vote).

2. What were the economic, social, and political reasons for the American Revolution?

Politically, Parliament was extremely unfair to the colonies. They passed several tax acts: Townshend Acts, Stamp Act, and the Sugar Act. The Townshend Acts placed duties on imported goods, which made trade difficult for the colonies. The Stamp Act placed a tax on all printed materials, and the Sugar Act placed a tax on molasses. Socially, the people of the 13 areas were all generally upset with this money they were paying to...
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