Life in the Thirteen Colonies

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In the 1600s, which English colony would have been the best place to live?

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The answer to this is going to depend on your individual values. If you value close family ties and a community united by a strong work ethic, then perhaps Massachusetts would be the colony for you. However, if harsh weather, threats from Native Americans (King Philip's War, for instance) and puritanical religious impositions are not your style, then look elsewhere.

Rhode Island may be a good choice. It was founded on the idea of religious freedom and was much less stodgy than the rest of New England. Rhode Island colonists of the 17th Century tended to have decent relationships with the Native Americans there, although there were the occasional conflicts. Even during the 1600s, the city of Newport was a thriving port town, meaning there were many opportunities to grow one's wealth in this colony.

If you came from wealthy stock and were well connected, then I might suggest Maryland. Unlike the other colonies, Maryland was organized closer to the feudal Medieval model. If you were granted...

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