New England Colonies
What types of people came to this region?
There were many people that came to America: Pilgrims, and Protestants (Quakers, Baptists, Anglicans, and Puritans). There were also many shopkeepers, farmers, and other types of people living there. The separatists wanted to separate from the English church and they fled to Holland. Virginia accepted the dissenters with religious freedom. They then became the Pilgrims. Rhode Island also had religious freedom so dissenters fled there.
What were the motivations of the people that came?
There were a few reasons that settlers came to the New England colonies. Two of them were hope of finding riches or few job opportunities elsewhere (England). Many of the people that came to the New World wanted to come for religious freedom. They also wanted to obtain land.
The New England Colonies.
The New England colonies cover four colonies include Massachusetts Bay Colony, Connecticut Colony, Colony of Rhode Island, and Province of New Hampshire. There New England colonies were the most populated of all of the colonies. They weren't known for farming because their growing seasons were short and the soil was very rocky, not good for farming. These colonies also had colder winters. The cause of this was because they were farther north than all of the other colonies that the temperature was colder. There were very many types of trees that covered lots of the land.
There were about six products grown in the New England Colonies: tobacco, indigo (dye) rice, farm products (eggs, milk, cheese, etc), furs, and turpentine. They traded lots of furs and skins in the northern part and lots of cattle and grain in the southern part of the colonies. They had wood, rum, fish, whaling products (oil), iron, and ships that they exported to different countries. They traded things for slaves from Africa and Central America, in what is call the Triangular Trade.
The Pilgrims helped teach their children how to read and write for business and household management purposes. Most, if not all, followed their faiths, whatever they may be. There were the following faiths: Congregational church, Puritans, Judaism, or no religion. Jamestown was founded in one of these colonies All of New England was constantly being controlled by the King of England. if they needed anything at all, they could ask, and it would be given them.
The Triangular Trade is where America traded for goods in England. Then they sailed to Africa and they traded the goods with the Africans for slaves. They then sailed back to America, with the slaves living in horrifying conditions: facaes, germs, sickness, blood, mold, dead bodies, etc. They were crammed down there and forced to work. Some of the men on board that were wealthy wanted the women to come with them to their suites, and sometimes the women refused. They were then abused badly and thrown on the ground. Some of the Africans jumped over board or committed suicide, or even rebelled, rather than having to be forced to work for the cruel Americans.
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