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How were the Middle and New England colonies similar and different?

The other answers to this question describe some notable similarities and differences between the Middle and New England Colonies. I will describe a few more below. Similarities Although...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2020 2:56 pm UTC

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Were the colonists justified in declaring their independence from Great Britain? Provide reasons.

Since this is an opinion question, I will share some reasons why the colonists were justified and some reasons why they were not justified in declaring their independence from Great Britain. You...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2017 10:49 pm UTC

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What was the role of indentured servants and the development of slavery in colonial America?

Indentured servants were used as an alternative to black slaves in colonial America. The indentured servants could not pay for their passage to the New World so they had to pay for their passage...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2019 5:40 pm UTC

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How did the English colonists and Native Americans adapt to each other's presence?

The relationship between the Native Americans and the English settlers was a mixed one. When the English settlers first arrived, some Native American tribes welcomed them and showed them how to...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2018 2:32 pm UTC

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List 3 reasons why the Jamestown settlement almost failed in the beginning.

It's important to keep in mind that the early history of colonization entailed a great deal of risk. The Jamestown Colony was no exception to this pattern, and it came very close to failing....

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 9:30 pm UTC

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What were some similarities and differences between the Middle Colonies and the New England Colonies?

Some historians say that the Middle Colonies were “middle” in more ways than just geography. These colonies had some things in common with both the New England colonies and the Southern colonies....

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015 1:35 pm UTC

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What was the first college founded in the British North American colonies?

The first academic institution founded in the British American Colonies was Henricus Colledge (sic), in 1611 in the Citie of Henricus- Virginia Colony outside of what is now Richmond, Virginia....

Latest answer posted December 13, 2012 4:09 am UTC

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What Was The Intellectual Culture Of Colonial America

Much of the intellectual culture of colonial America was inspired by religion. The Puritans, for example, were in general more literate than other colonists because their religion stressed the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2016 8:37 pm UTC

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Explain how the English colonies became the most populous and powerful region in North America by 1700.

The different European ventures in North America all had some success by the mid-1600s. The Dutch were a major maritime power that had substantial trading success, but they lacked numbers, and this...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 11:06 am UTC

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Why did colonial rebellions of the 17th century not lead to demands for political independence on the part of the...

The main reason why the English colonists in North America never made any moves for independence in the 17th Century was because they still saw themselves as loyal Englishmen and Englishwomen. The...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 8:17 pm UTC

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What qualities gave someone status and power in 17th century Virginia?

Land and wealth provided most of the status in seventeenth century Virginia. One's ability to successfully produce tobacco every year allowed one to amass enough wealth to buy land and slaves and...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 6:00 pm UTC

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What was the effect of the environment on the experiences and attitudes of the first English settlers in North America?

Geography and climate are among the most powerful forces that shape history, and you can certainly see their effects on the colonization of North America. Early colonists crossed the Atlantic,...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2020 11:18 pm UTC

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Explain this quote, "England discovered its colonies and their importance around 1650."

This quote, from the US history textbook Liberty, Equality, Power refers to the fact that the English government really took an interest in profiting from its colonial possessions in the aftermath...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012 8:11 pm UTC

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Why were the Chesapeake and New England regions so different by the 1750s if they were both settled by English people?

There are at least three factors that contributed to this. Different scholars would put different weights on the factors. The factors include: Geography. The geography and the climate of these...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 9:28 pm UTC

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Compare and contrast English colonization in the Chesapeake Bay and New England.

The Chesapeake Bay was settled more than a decade before New England, and the motives for settling and establishing a colony there were primarily economic (though it also served as a strategic...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2020 2:41 pm UTC

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How can the student compare the writing of Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, Sarah Kemble Knight, Frances Harper,...

Much early American literature is didactic; that is, it is intended to teach, to present a moral or religious statement. And, the writings of Bradstreet, Wheatley, Knight, Harper, Grimke, and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2013 11:06 am UTC

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How did the English gain control of Dutch and French interests in North America?

The English took control of Dutch lands (New Netherland) in America as a result of the 2nd Anglo-Dutch War in 1664. This area is known today as New York. The English took control of French lands...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2012 11:52 am UTC

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What is the importance of Rhode Island during the colonial days?

Rhode Island was best known in colonial days for the fact that it was home to religious dissidents. Much later, just after the end of colonial times, it was famous again for refusing to send any...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2012 9:07 pm UTC

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Why were some colonists hesitant to break away from England?

North America in 1775 was a continent which only a dozen years earlier had gone through a war in which two European powers, Britain and France, had battled for control. Most of the Native American...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2019 5:33 am UTC

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Why did differences between British officials and colonists over revenue-raising measures lead to a fundamental...

The difficulty between Parliament and the colonists originated with the policy of salutary neglect. Parliament made tax laws and navigation acts for the colonists but did little to enforce them....

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 2:47 am UTC

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Considering the diversity of people in North America during the period 1600 to the 1750s, what did freedom mean to...

There was considerable ethnic, racial, and religious diversity represented in North American during the period from 1600 to the 1750s. And, there is no question that concepts of “freedom” or...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2013 2:23 am UTC

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Were the first English colonies established in the area known as Plymouth Rock?

Plymouth Rock is an actual stone in Plymouth Bay in Massachusetts. The rock is the supposed site where the Pilgrims disembarked from the Mayflower in December 1620. They soon founded the Plymouth...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2020 10:26 pm UTC

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How much equality, liberty, and self-government existed in the American colonies in the period 1700-1750? Back up...

There was not a great deal of liberty and equality in the colonies when compared to the present-day United States; however, there was relatively more freedom in the colonies than there was in the...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020 6:00 pm UTC

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American Colonial & Federal Literature: Name three works from this period and discuss in depth the issue of...

This question is very difficult to answer in depth within the limitations of the word count guidelines we follow at eNotes. Going forward, I would suggest to post questions of this depth as a...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020 3:40 pm UTC

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Explain why social tension increased over time in tight-knit Puritan communities in New England, and how that might...

There are social tensions in all societies, but they can be particularly acute in small-scale communities such as Salem, which have limited contact with the outside world. Salem was a very enclosed...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 11:15 am UTC

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Considering the diversity of people in 1600s-1750s, what did freedom mean to the inhabitants of 'Anglo-America'?

In "Anglo- America," freedom means different realities. For White Americans, freedom meant the ability to pursue unlimited ends of freedom. Choice, opportunity, and autonomy were parts of the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2013 12:55 pm UTC

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What was the Social Status of women during Ben Franklin's era in Philadelphia? Specifically, what was the treatment...

In discussing women that Franklin encountered in Philadelphia, one can make the argument that their social status was secondary to men. Certainly, White women in the Colonies experienced a better...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013 12:51 am UTC

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What factors affected the degree of freedom in the British North American colonies between 1607 and 1763?

Many different factors contributed to the different types of freedoms enjoyed by specific colonies in British North America. The first was religious. Many of the colonies in the northern United...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2012 1:38 am UTC

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How were colonial Philadelphia and colonial New York similar and different in terms of ethnicity, religion,...

The colonial cities of New York and Philadelphia both played similar roles as significant port cities and business centers in colonial America. However, they each developed under somewhat separate...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 10:39 pm UTC

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In A Description of New England, what spiritual motive does Smith give in paragraph six for the colonization of New...

I’m not sure how you and/or your teacher are counting paragraphs in John Smith’s A Description of New England, but according to my count, the sixth paragraph is a rather technical description of...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2020 2:41 pm UTC

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How does the Great Awakening help us to understand colonial identity?

In a significant sense, the Great Awakening highlighted and contributed to the independent nature of colonial identity. The revivalism of this movement emphasized that each person had the capacity...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 1:11 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the establishment and early economic development of the Chesapeake colonies, the New England...

Settlement of the Chesapeake Bay began when English colonists landed at Jamestown in 1607. The site was sparsely populated, and many of the settlers—bankers, investors, and other urbanites from...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 5:45 am UTC

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Discuss the development of early American colonies.

A discussion of the development America's early colonies could start with the failed colony of Roanoke, off the coast of North Carolina, in 1585. In 1590, when an English ship returned, there were...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 5:51 pm UTC

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Evaluate the extent to which the environment of the New England and Chesapeake regions affected the development of...

The environment of the New England colonies held drastic importance for their development as settlements and eventually as states. There are three main things we can look at with this. The first is...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 10:23 pm UTC

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Which was the stronger motivator for English colonization of North America, religion or profit?

Although the answer to this varies from colony to colony, profit was the stronger overall motive for colonization. It is true that religion was an important motivator in some places. This was...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2012 2:46 am UTC

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What were Spain's interests in Latin America AFTER the 1520s?  

Spain’s interests in Latin America after 1520 were largely extractive. That is, they wanted to extract wealth from their colonies in Latin America and send that wealth to Spain. Spain’s main...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2012 10:52 pm UTC

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Colonial Period Hey (; I have to give a presentation on the Colonial Period. My teacher gave me some keywords:...

Perhaps a small point here, but strictly speaking, the Pilgrims weren't Puritans. Pilgrims were Separatists, advocating separation from the Church of England. Puritans, on the other hand, wanted to...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2011 2:14 am UTC

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Which group, the English or the French, created a strong alliance with Native Americans?

Although it may be stretching things a little to say that either group of Europeans had a very strong relationship with the Native Americans, we can say that the French generally had a better...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2013 1:15 am UTC

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How did the issue of religious diversity affect the social development of the 13 English colonies in the era from the...

[Please note that eNotes is a reference source of expert answers. eNotes Educators do not do student assignments or essays for them. Your question has been edited to reflect this policy.] Although...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2013 12:43 am UTC

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I am looking for information on mining in British Colonial America. This is relative to Colonial Self Sufficiency...

The first recorded instance of US mining (coal, specifically) was in 1,000 AD. The Hopi Indians, living in what is now Arizona, used coal to bake pottery made from clay. More specifically (for...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2009 6:56 am UTC

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How did the Native Americans have to adjust to the new American colonial laws in 1676?

In 1676, Bacon's Rebellion occurred in Virginia. Nathaniel Bacon led a murderous war against all indigenous peoples of the region in an attempt to further colonize their lands and disempower any...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2020 6:59 pm UTC

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Describe Native American religion during colonial times.

Native Americans adhered to a number of faiths during the colonial period, with some adopting, to varying degrees, Christianity. Without underestimating the considerable diversity of religious...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2013 1:07 am UTC

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