Early English colonies in America hardly resembled the union of men and women that would later fight against England and build a new country. In fact, until the mid-eighteenth century, most English colonists had very little, if anything to do with the settlers in neighboring colonies. They heard news of Indian wars and other noteworthy events, not from the colony itself, but from England. The colonies in the New World appeared completely different and the prospect of any unity between them seemed impossible. The colonies in New England and the Chesapeake exemplify the many differences in the culture and lifestyles of the settlers, created mainly because of the fact that their founding fathers had held separate intentions when they came to the New World.
The New England and Chesapeake colonies were both settled by immigrants from England, the New England colonies being founded by the English from East Anglia, an area in eastern England. Though this was an area thriving with small towns that they had generally liked, they decided to flee England due to religious persecution. Hundreds of families, men, women and their children, came in search of a New World where they could practice their beliefs freely. They founded colonies such
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They were especially noted for developing into a very successful trading region. These "gold diggers" were mainly upper-class men of wealthy families aspiring towards coming to the New World to create a large profit for themselves. Of course when they first set sail, even before they reached the New World, they began to separate into two distinctly different societies already.
These two regions of the New England colonies and the Chesapeake colonies did in truth share the common fact that their settlers were all of English origin.
On the other hand, the Chesapeake region had a "cash crop" get rich quickly mentality. At the same time the New Englanders worked to help end slavery by preaching to others about the