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Life in the Colonies

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Describe what life was like in the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.  Make sure you are including but the social, political, and economic aspects of life in the colonies.  *If you copy your neighbor I will give you a failing grade*

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    daniellegibson New User
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    In the New England colony, there was fishing and boat building. It was still ruled by England so it was ruled the same way. In the southern colony, women married young and had big families. There was also good agriculture. In the middle colonies, there was freedom of religion. Also, there was different rules as to how it was ruled. All the colonies could only trade with England.

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    dwaynemarcump261 New User
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    Life in the Colonies was rough. The New England Colonies were establishing a good lumber and ship building industry. While the Southern Colonies were building a large economy based on rice. The Middle Colonies are building a tobacco farming industry. Many of the New England Colonies and the Southern Colonies are having political disputes. All of the Colonies are having to grow most of there own food. They are also dealing with the unfair trading with England. So based on some of these facts i can conclude that life in the Colonies was indeed rough.

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    johnmuncy6 New User
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    Life in the New England colonies was full of Puritanism. It also involved much trade by sea. Every walking family member had to do chores. Even though they colonies had poor soil, many families farmed. The settlers believed in covenants as well. The New England colonies were also home to the first constitution in the American colonies, the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.

     

    Life in the Middle colonies was very diverse, as the Dutch and others settled there first. Much farming occupied the land. The farms were huge, stretching from the suburbs to the sea. Villagers owned large plantations. Cash crops were also used for trade and sell. The tide stretched inland very far, allowing much trade and water travel.

     

    Life in the Southern colonies was very farm oriented. They had multiple crops and fertile soil for farming. Slavery was also very popular, as there were many plantations in the south. The south also held the first successful colony, Virginia. The climate was very warm and damp, also good for farming. The slaves were treated with much cruelty, forced to work non-stop with no rest.

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    jonathonferguson New User
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    I guess on the New England colonies they raised animals. They hunted/gathered. Even though the soil wasn't the best, they still farmed. Most farms were too small or poor to have African slaves.

     

    In the Middle Colonies, people were grouped into 3 main classes, the gentry, the rich, and the best educated. Families contained at least 7 children, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. The houses were made mainly of wood and mud and were considerably small.

     

    Life in the Southern Colonies, people lived in utter poverty. A lot of the southern-colonists died because of mosquito-born illnesses. The average southern man could expect to live no longer than 40 years. Most children died in infancy. Most colonists lived in remote areas, on farms or plantations. Most southerners did not attend church regularly, if at all.

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    jamiehundley New User
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    In the New England colonies, farming was not the primary way to make a living. Considering the short growing season, farms where small and just to provide for that family. Most jobs consisted of fishing, shipbuilding, and lumber. Their social lives was centered around village events and church. Sunday was the most important day of the week considering most people was very religious.

     

    Life in the Middle colonies consisted of large farms, manufacturing, and religious tolerance. Most people lived in very small houses about ten or twenty miles out of town. Farms gathered wheat, barley, rye, other grains, and fruit. Manufacturing was also very big in the Middle colonies. The manufacturing industry made watches, clocks, guns, locks, cloth, and hats. The middle colonies had many cash crops for trading and selling. There was not many schools, and the colleges were very small.

     

    People that lived in the southern colonies were no strangers to large farms and plantations. The plantations stood on the farmers home, unlike those of other colonies. On the plantation one would find the farmers home, kitchen, a dairy, smokehouse, and much more. Because people lived so far apart, the southern colonies were separated into counties, and each county had a courthouse. The people who worked on the plantations were either slaves or indentured servants. Many people in the southern colonies didn't have money to get servants, and had small farms. So, in their case, they lived off of hunting.

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    aaronlucas New User
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         Life in the New England colonies, they were everybody in the family helped with the chores. They had poor soil, but they still farmed and tried to get food to live on. They had a hard and brutal life trying to live. The political life was intermediate, they wasn't rich, but the wasn't poor, they had to strive to get what they had. Life in the New England colonies wasn't all that bad.

         Life in the Middle colonies, was ran by the Dutch and the Swedish. Farmers and other people lived about ten to twenty miles out of town. They were they together, but the New York colony disagreed with the New Jersey colony. They had farmers who raised and sold items to make money, they had fishing and ship building also. Life in the Middle colonies was better than others, they had a great way of life.

         Life in the Southern colonies, it was poverty. It was mostly rich white people who had large farms with slaves from Africa. They had large homes, in which the "ruler" or the owner lived in. They slaves would stay in sheds to barns. They slave owners would wheel and deal for different slaves. Life in the Southern colonies was brutal because the slaves had a hard way of life, but for the slave owners, they had a good way of life.

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    sfnewso2@access.k12.wv.us New User
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    The New England colonies the women married young and had large families. Southern colonies is where a lot of stuff like boats was built. The Middle colonies is where a lot of stuff was grown like tobacco. Life was hard in the colonies in the beginning.

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    savannahbrewer3 New User
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                                                            New England Colonies

         In the New England colonies, every family member that was physically able was required to help with daily chores. Most people farmed in the New England colonies but their farms were mostly too small or too poor to have slaves. The power of the colony was given to adult men. In the middle of most communities there was a Puritan church. This Church was known as a meeting house to talk about things going on in the community.

       

                                                                Middle Colonies

    People in the Middle colonies where grouped in three social classes. Homes in the middle colonies were used for everything from work to play. Families in the Middle colonies were generally large with at least 7 children, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The slaves in the Middle colonies rarely live with the families. The father was always considered the head of the home and the women was only the helper. How people were clothed normally showed their social status.

     

                                                            Southern Colonies

             People who founded the Southern colonies made them looking for riches. Where people in the Southern colonies were rich, they had large plantations. With large plantations comes a large amount of slaves. The Southern colonies had the most slaves out of all of the rest of the colonies. Families in the Southern colonies not only had slaves but indentured servants. Indentured servants are illegal aliens that work for families to pay their way into America.

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    mikeyhodge New User
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    The life in New England was based off of the Puritan religion but over all had a balanced class system mainly made up of a wealthy merchant class. The Middle Colonies again had an genaral class system though instead of merchants it centered around farming and selling crops.The Southern Colonies were ruled by patriarchy. The main religion in New England were the Puritans, in the Southern Colonies it was the Anglican and in the Middle Colonies it was the Quakers. The Economy in New England centered around trade because farming was difficult with all of the rocky unfarmed ground. The main jobs were Fishing, and boat building. In the Southern Colonies it was the crops of Rice and tobacco and cotton. These crops were grown on large plantations owned by rich white people and farmed by black slaves. In the middle colonies the economy was supported by both trade and farming.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    treyspaulding New User
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    Life in the colonies was different depending on the region. In the New England colonies government was still mostly overruled by the king.  The New England colonies was a focal point of religious awakening.  The economy was centered around ship building and fishing.

     

    In the middle colonies there was freedom of religion. Many people populated the middle colonies because they were tired of being forced to believe in something they didn't believe were right.  The middle colonies stretched further inland than the rest of the colonies.  The furthest south of middle colonies were ran by tobacco fields as economical leaders.

     

    Life in the southern colonies was very hard.  The southern colonies were populated with plenty of slaves to work on the plantations.  The economy was fueled by the many plantations that thrived because of the long growing season. 

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    Kyle Newsome New User
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    Life in the New England colonies consisted of Carpenders, Shipbuilding, and Coppers. People who lived in the New England colonies didn't have it as hard as the people in the other colonies. Life in the Middle Colonies was a mixture between the New England and Southern. They didn't have it as hard as the Southern Colonies but they had it harder than the people in the New England colonies. The men and boys went to the feilds and worked while the women stayed home and cooked, sewed, and took care of the house. The people in the Southern Colonies had it the hardest. They had a lot of farming to do. Instead of subsistence farming, they commercial farmed because that was their way of working, AND providing for their family.

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    adreanav New User
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         In the New England colony, there were fishing, hunting, and building. The families grew rye, peas, squash, and pumpkins. They rose chickens, sheep, cows, and pigs. The women made colthing, candles, soap, etc.

         In the Southern colony they lived on large farms, or plantations.The plantation was like a small village. The women also married young and had big families.

         In the Middle colony they owned large plantations, small lands, and farms. Most of the people lived in small villages or on grand plantations. They had cash crops for trade and sell.

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    alisonbooth New User
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    Life in the colonies would be tough because you can not form your own government. England still controlled who they sold their goods too, where they got their goods from, and who is Governor and other positions in office. Also the colonies could only socialize with each other and England. They thought they had freedom when really they didn't. They had to learn new skills to survive. They had to learn how to grow crops, how to fish, etc.

         Everybody had to pitch in and help build their new home and/or town. The women worked as hard as the men. Women had to cook meals and make clothes. Some people who came to the Southern colonies just to make money, while others lived in poverty. A lot of people were indentured servants and worked all their life. Even though they worked all their life, they did not have a lot of money because they had debts to pay off.

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    kelsey_sheppard New User
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    In New England colony people made money through fishing , shipbuilding , and trading . In the southern colony, their economy was based on plantations. The women got married at a young age and had large families. In the middle colonies shipbuilding, lumbering, and large farms could be found.

     

     

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    alicen21 New User
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        Life in the New England colonies were hard. Every person in the family had work to do. everyone had a responsibility. Although, the colony had very poor soil most of the people still farmed what they could. Most of the farms were to small for slaves.

       People in the Middle colonies were generally grouped into three groups : the gentry, the middle and lower class. Houses were usually built for work and play. The father was considered the leader of the house and his wife was his helper. Slaves rarely lived with the families in the middle colonies. They didnt not have very good clothes unless you were in the gentry class because you could afford clothes.

       People in the southern colonies lived on large farms or plantations. The plantations were like a small village.the plantations were far apart. they were divided into counties. some people owned indentured servants from England who promised to work for money and a place to live.

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    hayden_20 New User
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    New England Colonies:The social life in the New England Colonies was hard. The social life was hard because the colonies were crowded and the amount of people made life hard. The political life in the colonies was ruled by someone chose by England. So you could not vote for who you wanted. The economic look in the colonies was based around the Atlantic Ocean. The people fished, built ships, and used water for trade, because the rocky soil and short growing season made it impossible to grow crops.

     

    Middle Colonies: The social life in the middle colonies was better than the life in the New England Colonies because the population was not as dense, but in the middle colonies we had slavery. The political life in the colonies was a bit better than in the New England Colonies as well because the people could vote for who they wanted to be the leader. The economic life in the colonies was different than in the England colonies because they farmed. They farmed in subsistence ways which is enough for your family.

     

    Southern Colonies: The social life in the southern colonies was hard because the southern colonies was for the poor and prisoners. The political was like the one in the Middle the people could vote for their leader. The economic life was also like the Middle they farmed by using slavery.

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    kitchen96 New User
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    If you lived in the New England colonies you could work as a ship builder, fisher, or trader. You did not get to pick your leader and it was crowded.

    The middle colonies manufactured a lot of goods. they also had large plantations to grow crops

    southern colonies had large plantations of tobacco and other crops which hey used slaves to work. They also had jobs on the ocean

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