Compare and contrast the experiences of the English who settled  Plymouth, versus those who settled Jamestown.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In general, the people who came to New England had a more pleasant life than those who came to Jamestown.  They had longer life expectancies, better education, and just an all around better life.  The reason for this can be found in the reasons that people had for settling in the two areas.

In Jamestown, people came for money only.  Because of this, there were lots of single men and lots of indentured servants.  This meant that life was less "civilized."  The indentured servants were often worked harder than was healthy.

By contrast, families came to New England together.  They came there to settle and make a new life as a whole family (or even as whole communities).  This led to a more "civilized" life with more pleasures and generally better life outcomes for the people.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

From another perspective, those who came to Plymouth did so to practice their religion - a religion that was very strictly enforced, with no toleration of dissenters and according to a hard working, spartan lifestyle.  Life was not nearly so pleasant for women, although this was true in colonial times virtually everywhere.

In Jamestown, a shortage of women was a continual problem, and raised hardships in getting new people to settle there.  The lack of strict religious structure though (they mostly belonged to the Church of England) contrasted with those in Plymouth, and they had much closer relations and better trade ties with Mother England than they did in the Bay Colony.

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