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

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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.

One thing that all colonies had in common was an agrarian basis.  At this point in our economic history, every colony had a strong agricultural component to its economy.  New England and the Middle Colonies were similar in this sense.  A major difference, though, was that the Middle Colonies had much better growing conditions and so they grew crops for export, which was something that the New England colonies did not do. 

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