Although New England And The Chesapeake Region Dbq Essay

1/8/2015 • Ask Mr. History

Although New England and the Chesapeake region were both settled largely by people of English origin, by 1700 the regions had evolved into two distinct societies.  Why did this difference occur? I know both had farm lands.

Kim Lewis

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Dear Ms. Lewis,

Even though they were settled mostly by people of English origin, the original Thirteen Colonies of North America represented the different classes and religious, political and social philosophies that pervaded Britain at the time. Virginia was settled for commercial reasons by people representing the English establishment and were primarily Church of England. Catholics, who faced off-and-on persecution in Britain (depending on who was ruling) established their own separate place to be themselves when Lord Baltimore chartered another stretch of Chesapeake Bay that we now call Maryland. The English who landed in Massachusetts were Calvinist Puritans who wanted their own separate colony to do things their way—to the exclusion of others who did not approach Christianity their way. Those who did not found sanctuary in Rhode Island, where one of the exiles, Roger Williams, founded a colony that offered religious tolerance to any persuasion of Christianity—and even, as of 1750, to Jews.

Each of the colonies had its own separate origin, purpose and first wave of settlers. Those differences would continue to assert themselves when they became states (take, for just one early example, the complicated relationship between Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson and Massachusetts’ John Adams).



Jon Guttman
Research Director
World History Group
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Dbq Although New England and the Chesapeake Region Were Both Settled Largely by of English Origin, by 1700 the Region Had Evolved Into Two Different Societies. Why Did This Difference in Development Occur?

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Question: Although New England and the Chesapeake region were both settled largely by of English origin, by 1700 the region had evolved into two different societies. Why did this difference in development occur?
Thesis Statement: When talking about New England and the Chesapeake region, you have to consider the differences in motives and geography. Consider economic situations (reasons for settling where they did, reasons why they came to New England in the first place). One has to think about the family development and demographics, as well as the government structure.
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The main crop being produced in this area was tobacco. There was such high demand for tobacco, it eventually cause the soil to become try old and tired. By the soil drying out it increased the need for new land. In Document B on the list of emigrant bound for New England, it is mostly family oriented. Families were coming and units. These people were mostly the Puritans who were coming to New England for religious purposes. The New England colonies were founded as examples of pure religion. The New Englanders would come to prosper through their hard work, thrift, and the quality of their commitment to God and each other. The Christian values of charity towards another man resulted in tight knit communities that embraced the idea to care for every member. John Winthrop wrote, A Model of Christian Charity, while he was aboard the Arbella on the Atlantic Ocean in 1630. In this writing he states that no matter what social class you fall under everyone must say close together and work in unison as one man. Not as many men working but coming together. Showing the affection one would give to their brother. One must make their fellow colonist conditions their own, whether it is good or bad. Laugh together, cry together, rejoice together, mourn together, work together and even suffer together. They are as “a city upon a hill”. Meaning that other colonies will see what they do. They will notice everything they do

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