Colony Essays

New England and the Chesapeake Region

The New World was a marvel and a chance to make it big in the 1600s. England took its gamble at building colonies in the unsettled region of what is now the east coast. It then was separated into two regions, New England and the Chesapeake. Even though they were both founded by the English, their differences in religion, unity, and motives evolved their societies into polar opposites. In New England, unity was a way of life. They believed in…

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Pennsylvania _the Poor Man’s Paradise_

When William Penn founded Pennsylvania, his original intentions were for it to be a religious haven for English Quakers. One of these English Quakers to settle in Pennsylvania was Gabriel Thomas. As an early settler, he describes the extensive reasons to why many English came to the New World and the West Indies. Living in America was like paradise for a poor man. The resources were bountiful while the trade was tremendous. The discomfort one faced passing over the Atlantic…

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Native Americans Vs Colonists

To begin with, colonists were certainly in disagreement with Native Americans. While native, the colonists claimed that they achieve real estate fairly; it was absolutely the Native Americans that were ahead of the game, Native Americans at the beginning were abused in the midst of the process to selling or buying land. In the meantime, colonists made use of the opportunity they were given, to give the Native Americans’ flammable liquid, knowing that the Native Americans’ would be intoxicated. Colonists…

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Comparing Massachusetts Bay and Virginia Colonies

At the start of the 17th century King James 1 became king and he began to look toward the new world as a place were England could make a profitable settlement , as New Spain was for the Spaniards. This was the start of colonization in the new world for England. Following this, many colonies began to develop, and of these colonies, Massachusetts and Virginia were the most well-known. The early settlements of the Massachusetts and Virginia were both established…

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Whats Up New England

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…

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Life in Plymouth Colony

The book of John Demos on “A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony” explores on the concept of the family life in the context of the Plymouth Colony. In particular, it tends to describe the ways of life of the people in the Plymouth Colony specifically the aspect of family, which is the smallest unit of the society. Through this book review, one will be able to determine the true accounts of the social life and customs of the…

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B. John Winthrop’s Massachusetts Bay Colony

Grimes’ argument that Roger Williams contributed more to the development of American political thought than other religious leaders of the time and even the Massachusetts Bay Colony as a whole is well-founded. Williams’ argument of tolerance for all religions became a basis for the First Amendment and the promise that Congress would never dictate a religion to the people of the United States. Having lived through religious persecution, Williams’ understood the importance of separation of religion and government. He is…

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Colonialism in the Tempest

Background Information: In 1609 a fleet of nine ships set out from England, headed towards John Smith’s Virginia colony, the first English settlement in the New World. One of the nine ships was separated during a violent storm and ended up on Bermuda. These shipwrecked Europeans began colonizing the island and enslaving the native population. Shakespeare’s Tempest is based on this incident. For over a century, a number of critics have tried to interpret the various elements of post colonialism…

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