Life in the Thirteen Colonies

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What were the different regions of English colonial America during the 1700s? How can each region be described in terms of religion, economics, government, and culture?

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As Tamara K. H. has already pointed out, the three colonial regions were New England, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies, and Tamara has already presented an overview of the Middle Colonies. The one thing I would add to it, though, concerns Proprietary and Royal Colonies (and we could add a third category: Joint Stock Company Colonies). If we take a long-term view of colonial history, however, it should be noted, many of the colonies were eventually converted, having been founded as a Proprietary or Company Colony before being turned into a Royal Colony sometime later in the 1700s (or, in some cases, even as early as the 1600s). These categorizations were not always permanent features of colonial politics.

Beyond that, I would focus on two key angles here: the economic and the religious, primarily through the contrast in the two colonial regions, which my Tamara has not described. The Southern Colonies were first and foremost defined by their reliance on cash crop...

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