How did the Middle Atlantic colonies live?

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The Middle Atlantic colonies, called the Middle Colonies, had a variety of activities in the colonies. Because these colonies were between the New England Colonies and the Southern Colonies, the jobs were a combination of those that existed in New England and those that existed in the South.

There were a variety of jobs in these colonies. In New York and in New Jersey, there was more industry done than farming. The climate was cooler and the soil was rockier. Therefore, more manufacturing was done in the Middle Colonies closest to New England. In Pennsylvania and Delaware, there was more farming. These colonies were closer to the South. The soil was more fertile and the climate was mild. Wheat was one crop that was grown in the Middle Colonies.

In some of the Middle Colonies, there was more diversity. Pennsylvania was known for its religious freedom, so people of many different faiths settled here. The Middle Colonies were known as the melting pot because people of so many different nationalities settled here.

The people of the Middle Colonies lived just like the people of the New England Colonies and the Southern Colonies lived. They adjusted to their environment and lived in a way that best suited their needs and circumstances.