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Compare and contrast the Virginia and New England colonies demographically.

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Both colonies were similar in that they were largely populated by English people. There are key differences, however. New England was populated by families who belonged to the Calvinist Church. The men of the family brought skills in trades and/or farming with them to the New World. The families looked to the community or kin to help them with their labor needs. They largely settled in towns close to each other where the church was the most important place religiously and socially.

Virginia was initially settled by young Englishmen who were hoping to make a quick profit in the New World and then return home. They brought few skills with them, and they were forced to work by the colony's leader, John Smith, in the production of tobacco. Jamestown was established in 1607, but the first women and slaves were not brought to the colony for another twelve years. Though New England would have some slaves, they were considered luxuries there, and New England ended slavery before the American...

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