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New England Colonies
Transcript of New England Colonies
Family units were a big deal, as time with the family and shared labor was greatly emphasized in the cultural standards in the New England Colonies. There was not much leisure time in the colonies, because farming and fishing took up a majority of the colonists' days. Beans, porridge, bread, and vegetables made up the main cuisine of the New England Colonies. One would think fish would be a main food, but these usually were used instead as exports.
Education was very strict in the New England Colonies. A family could not neglect teaching their kids, otherwise they would have to pay a fine or even have their kids taken away from them. The kids learned about the Puritan religion and reading and writing, making the New England Colonies one of the most literate regions in the world. The survival rate was also one of the highest, and there were around 27,300 people residing in the colonies.
The New England Colonies possess great, fertile soil that is good for farming and crops. This helped the area develop because people could then have jobs farming. The town also developed through the use of the coastal regions for fishing, shipbuilding, and maritime trade. This provided food, jobs, and money for the towns in the colonies.
The governments of the New England Colonies were either self-governing, royal, or proprietary. For the most part they were self-governing, and the towns ruled themselves through the use of town meetings where male members of the church voted on all decisions. Royal colonies were owned by the king, but since he was in England and the colonists were in America, they basically ruled themselves.
The main things exported by the New England Colonies were whale oil, fish, corn, grain, wood, naval supplies, and tobacco. These exports made for large profits to all of the colonies. Imports came from England mainly, but other small parts of Europe, and these were things that the New England Colonists could not as easily make on their own such as furniture, tools, silver, books, leather goods, sugar, molasses, weapons and slaves. It was simpler to trade their own unique goods for those already manufactured in England.
Welcome to The New England Colonies
The New England Colonies had advanced societies with complex united political systems, and a shared religion based off of Puritan beliefs, along with a unique coastline economy which allowed for various economic opportunities.
New England Colonies
Logan Hummel, Jared White, Marisol Martinez, Devin Blumenthal, Megan Gruver, Tristan Ham, Dawson Kier, Jake Monroe
The purpose for initial settlement of the New England Colonies was for religious freedom from previous persecution against Puritans in England. Each of the founders received charters from England that granted them land and permissions to colonize the new uncharted territories. With these charters given, the New England Colonies began developing.
Connecticut- Thomas Hooker
Rhode Island- Roger Williams
Massachusetts- John Winthrop/William Bradford
New Hampshire- John Mason
The Cultural Arts
Art and poetry are based upon the beautiful coastlines, and preachers even call the coast "God's Gift to Puritans". Artistic tendencies also were expressed through religious paintings. Literature and architecture were other mediums of expression used by colonial people.
Great soil, coastal atmosphere, view of the Atlantic, brotherhood in politics, one religion, simple life, great education, why not live in the New England Colonies?!
Throughout the New England Colonies, political systems fell to towns as a whole and governed themselves independently of a larger government, and featured meetings where male church members voted on any and all political decisions.
The New England Colonies developed a very prosperous and balanced economy with widespread land ownership amongst their society and a range from farming with rich soil on land to vast amounts of fishing and shipbuilding on the Atlantic Coast, along with very beneficial trade with Europeans.
As a society started for religious freedom, the New England Colonies prided themselves in their one of a kind tolerant culture in which they were extremely educated and religiously advanced and incorporated strong family units and an equally balanced gender ratio.
Squanto aids the colonists by teaching them how to plant and fish in 1619.
The first map of the New England Colonies was made in 1677.
In 1686 the various colonies were combined into one to make New England.