Differences between New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies

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New England

Harsh rocky soil made farming difficult, led to subsistence farms

New England

Land was granted to a group and towns were subdivided among families

New England

Fishing including whaling (lighting oil)

New England

Shipbuilding and small-scale factories

New England

Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Conneticut, New Hampshire

Middle

Blended other two

Middle

"Bread Basket" of the colonies

Middle

River system and ports provided access to back country and Atlantic

Southern

Favorable agricultural climate

Middle

New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware

Southern

Plantation system developed

Southern

Export crops: "cash crops" such as tobacco grown

Southern

Larger slave population was needed as labor

Southern

Farms tended to be scattered, less urban development.

Southern

Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia

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