A similarity shared between the British New England colonies and the British colonies in the Chesapeake region, such as Maryland and Virgina, was the British colonists' conviction of their cultural superiority to the Native Americans they encountered.
Both groups of colonists very much wanted to preserve their English distinctives in the New World. They wished to transport their way of life to a new continent. Whether it made the best practical sense or not, the colonists desired to build English-style houses, farm in the English fashion, build English villages, and wear English-style clothing. At times this was ludicrous: English colonists, for example, in St. Mary's in southern Maryland, insisted on wearing their heavy woolen clothing in brutal summer heat and humidity.
The British belief in their immense cultural superiority led to cultural insensitivity toward Native Americans, who the British colonists in both regions "othered" and treated as childlike inferiors. Only when their own...
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