The Virginians were better off than the Puritans
were, because they had tobacco for a cash crop,
they had a longer growing season, and they could
trade and sell to England easier than the Puritans
could. The Virginians were also more loosely
structured than the Puritans, and were allowed to
be individual people instead of one large mass.
Smith and Bradford's ways of leading their
colonies were similar, yet so very different.
Smith's main concern was to make money and
be famous. Bradford's concept was to start a
new life, and preach his own, new religion. Both
had keeping their people's health and well being a
high priority. The idealistic colony for Bradford
was a colony where people were religiously
bonded, and kept together by the church. Smith
was more interested in profit for himself, and let
the people conduct themselves more freely.
One of the main industries that the Virginians had
was the harvesting and selling of tobacco. The
good thing about this is that the majority of
people in the 1700's used tobacco. Of course the
Puritans also had tobacco, but it was harder to
grow up north because of the rocky terrain, and
the difference in temperature. The Virginians
found that selling tobacco was very profitable,
and growing it was relatively simple. It was a
fairly easy way to make money, and expended
The Virginians had a longer growing season than
the Puritans did, due to their latitude. The longer
growing season not only allowed the Virginians to
grow their cash crop tobacco longer, but also
enabled them to grow fruits and vegetables longer
into the year. This made winter less harsh for the
Virginians. Smith liked the idea of being able to
grow longer, because he profited from it.
Bradford was more concerned with keeping his
people faithful to God, and well from sickness.
The Puritans had a growing season also, but not
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