How did the New England and Middle colonies differ politically?

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The Middle Colonies and the New England Colonies had some political differences. Two of the New England Colonies were charter colonies. The people in Connecticut and Rhode Island were able to elect their legislature and the governor. In the Middle Colonies, this condition did not exist. There was more religious freedom in the Middle Colonies than in the New England Colonies. Some of the Middle Colonies were known for their religious and political tolerance. As we moved closer to the Revolutionary War, there were more loyalists in the Middle Colonies than in the New England Colonies. New York, a Middle Colony, was known as an area where many loyalists lived and therefore were more supportive of the British.  While the colonies and many colonists were supportive of each other (and eventually the war effort), there were some political differences between the Middle Colonies and the New England Colonies.

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