English Colonization of America Essay

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By the 1700's two regions of English colonization , New England and the Chesapeake Bay, varied greatly. Physical and cultural differences separated them. The seeds of diversity were planted in the early days of colonization when they grew into distinctive societies. Colonists came to America with different motives. Some came for religious reasons while others came to get rich. Religion was the basis of the people's lives in New England, but in the Chesapeake region, money and producing tobacco dominated life. This would affect the colonies economically, socially, and politically. Puritans left England because they wanted a place where they could have religious tolerance. When the Church of England separated from Catholicism under Henry …show more content…
Family was also very important in their society. Since they followed the Bible so closely, they had to have stable and well-structured families. They were family orientated people who stuck closely together. Many families came together when they arrived in New England, as seen in the "Ship's List of Emigrants Bound for New England". A much more stable family life took root in New England. With more families traveling to the new world, their would be more balance in the ratio of men and women. Also their would be a wider variety of occupations. This enabled the town to be more nourished. On the other hand, the people on the "Ship's List of Emigrants Bound for Virginia" came without their families, their ages ranged from old to young people, but mainly young men. The men outnumbered the women six to one. This caused the society to be more chaotic because their were many broken families, and a large scramble for the few women. This is a big difference because it shows how these people were coming over to help themselves and start a new life in the Chesapeake region. These Chesapeake settlers were closely tied to the Church of England, which signifies they would be more loyal to the mother country, while the protestants wanted to break away from the church. The settlers in the Chesapeake Bay region main goal was to get rich. Most set out to get land and to find gold. According to John Smith,

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