Why were some colonies dependent on others for transporting the products they wanted to sell abroad?

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Some colonies were dependent on other colonies for shipping their products.  There are a few reasons for this.  The southern colonies concentrated on farming.  They grew lots of crops as well as cotton.  Their soil was fertile, and the climate was suited for growing cotton. The New England colonies did much less farming.  Their soil was poor, and the climate wasn’t suited for farming.  They concentrated on manufacturing and trade.  As a result, shipbuilding became very important in New England. These colonies developed a very active business in building ships and doing the trade.  It was economically more beneficial for the South to concentrate on raising crops and cotton while New England focused on manufacturing, trade, and shipping.  New England also had many ports that could be used for trade.  New England could handle the shipping more efficiently than the southern colonies could.  Thus, the southern colonies depended on the New England colonies from shipping their products.

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