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Pennsylvania, New york, Delaware, New England

The middle colonies (bread colonies) were the most diverse region; it was diverse ethnically and religiously. Largely involved in trading commerce and some agriculture. Pennsylvania was very religiously tolerant. Communities were closer nit than in the south but not as close nit as in New England. New England had great educational opportunities.

Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia,

The southern colonies planted Rice and indigo, they had a large amount of indentured servants, lots of black slaves after 1676. Anglican church dominates. There were Catholics in Maryland, but you could be executed in Maryland if you did not believe in Jesus divinity so they were not that religiously tolerant. There were few women in the south at first, and low life expectancy because of disease. Society was largely spread out. They dint have very good educational opportunities. It was less democratic and more aristocratic than all of the other regions as a hole.


By and large, the people who settled in the New England Colonies wanted to keep their family unit together and practice their own religion. They were used to doing many things themselves and not depending on other people for much. Some of these people came to New England to make money, but they were not the majority.

The people who founded the Middle Colonies were looking to practice their own religion (Pennsylvania mainly) or to make money. Many of these people didn't bring their families with them from England and were the perfect workers for the hard work required in ironworks and shipyards.

The founders of the Southern Colonies were, for the most part, out to make money. They brought their families, as did the New England colonists, and they kept their families together on the plantations. But their main motivation was to make the good money that was available in the new American market.


The New England Colonies were largely farming and fishing communities. The people made their own clothes and shoes. They grew much of their own food. Crops like corn and wheat grew in large numbers, and much was shipped to England. Foods that didn't grow in America were shipped from England. Boston was the major New England port.

The Middle Colonies were part agriculture, part industrial. Wheat and other grains grew on farms in Pennsylvania and New York. Factories in Maryland produced iron, and factories in Pennsylvania produced paper and textiles. Trade with England was plentiful in these colonies as well.

The Southern Colonies were almost entirely agricultural. The main feature was the plantation, a large plot of land that contained a great many acres of farmland and buildings in which lived



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