Question by  danceur (210)

What is the difference in the New England Colonies and the Southern Colonies?

Other than location what major things separated the New England and Southern Colonies?


Answer by  TZ16 (367)

The New England colonies were founded primarily as religious settlements. Massachusetts, Plymouth, and Connecticut were of the Calvinist faith (Puritan and Pilgrim) and wished to be free from the established Church of England. Rhode Island were separatists from Massachusetts and later became Baptists. The Southern Colonies were founded to make profit (i. e, cotton, rice, indigo and tobacco).


Answer by  BrianSJ (524)

The New England colonies were generally settled earlier than the Southern colonies except for Virginia, and their worse soil and climate made agriculture more difficult.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

The New England colonies were strong on manufacturing, such as textiles and ship-building. The southern colonies were almost entirely agricultural, relying on exports of food, tobacco and cotton to England to survive economically.


Answer by  KMcRae (714)

Economically the Southern Colonies were more dependent on farming and growing of cash crops such as cotton and tobacco. New England Colonies were primarily manufacturing centers. As a result the Northern colonies began to develop industrially much quicker than the South. The Southern Colonies also offered education mainly to the wealthy while it was freely available in New England.

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