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The Southern Colonies

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on 21 October 2015

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The Southern Colonies
Economics
Due to increased production of cash crop, the southern colonies had a lucrative amount of cash flow.
Cheap slave labor!
YOU are in charge of your workers, they work for you without any question.
Carolina merchants have recently opened up a lucrative trade consisting of deerskin and Indian labor.
Variety of cash crops to profit from!
Rice
Cotton
Indigo
Pine Forests
Society and Culture
Cultivated Gentry
refined, elaborate lifestyle
Georgian mansions
Locals educated in London as lawyers and gentlemen
Women also emulated English elite
English tutors for children are available for hire
Anglicans, Baptists
Elaborate social networks
Slaves had own quarters
Politics
Well educated, refined, stable ruling class
Georgia under the control of James Oglethorpe
Making a colony a place where debtors and poor people can start new lives
No legislature!
Geography
Nice, temperate weather
No harsh winters, which kill off many
Close to vacation spots...WAIT! you’re living in a vacation place itself!
Calm, relaxed environment (no uptight, cold, be-religious-or-die north easterners)
Warm and moist climate perfect for growing cash crops; Longer growing season
Close to rivers and ocean means transportation, trade connections
Direct route to Africa
Statement
The Southern Colonies drove the economies in America, West Indies, and England. Their cash crops (rice, tobacco, indigo) made the financial environment conducive to productivity and commerce. Their wealth allowed the colonies to educate their citizens well and live lavishly. This success helped political leaders rule stably and justly.
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