How did the Northern, Middle and Southern colonies politically develop differently?
The colonies differed in their political composition and governance largely along social and economic lines.
The southern colonies were comprised largely of large estates owned by wealthy individuals. Local government consisted of a legislature, such as the Virginia House of Burgesses, whose members were elected by property owning males. Because of the limitations on franchise, the membership of the legislatures was made up primarily of wealthy landowners. There was a royal governor appointed by the crown; however his salary was paid by the legislature. Although he had an absolute veto...
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