Colonial Life In America Essay

1062 words - 5 pages

Colonial Life in America

Maria Torres

History 101
March 22, 2013

Colonial life in America was dynamic and to see any differences, a person would have to look at each colony based on the region it was in. Each colonial region had its own perks and advantages; it also housed its own setbacks and frustrations. America was already being utilized for its resources since before the Spaniards decided to make that historical voyage, but the way in which the people grew, maintained, and harvested the land has been steadily maintained . Way of life differed as well depending on whether or not an individual was male or female. Colonial life in America did have its fair share of hardships and ...view middle of the document...

The Middle colonies were by far the wealthiest region during the colonial times in America. The Middle colonies consisted of New York, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey [3]. There were fewer states in this region, but there was a larger variety of religion and ethnicities among the people. Quakers, Mennonites, Lutherans, Dutch Calvinists, and Presbyterians were among the religions practiced which made “the practice of faith near impossible” [3]. The Middle colonies were the “middle man” for ideas and great thinking; Benjamin Franklin was among one of these [3]. The land here was very “fertile”, so economically it made sense to make money and to create commerce from these. Forests and land were abundant, as was fur. Although the Middle colonies were diverse, this made for less cohesion amongst the people. The South, on the other hand, was more family oriented because of the rich economy and commerce.
The Southern colonies were rich due to the “cash crop”. Plantations brought in a lot of money; plantation owners usually had a large amount of slaves whom kept the plantations in full working order [1]. Slaves filled working positions in every aspect of the wealthy Southern citizen’s life. They were farmers, to gardeners and housekeepers. Because of this, the wife of a plantation owner could usually sit back and spend more time with the children and the husband. Tutors were usually hired (if they could be afforded) to educate the kids and the wife would not have to play a role as a teacher [1]. Socially, the South was not as family oriented as the North, in the sense of migration; money kept the people at work and focused. Religion was an integral part of the South as well, but it was a little more diverse, such as the Middle colonies. Catholics were found in Maryland, but the rest of the colonies were mostly Anglican [4]. Economically, the South was geographically “smart” for growing such crops as tobacco and sugar. Because of this warm and humid weather, outbreaks of malaria and yellow fever kept the population anxious [4]. Although there were rich plantation...

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