The New England And Chesapeake Region Essay

1180 Words Nov 18th, 2014 5 Pages
Although the first English settlement on the east coast of north America occurred in 1585, the English settlement did not separate into two distinct area until the 1700’s. The two sections of the English colonization were the New England and Chesapeake region. The New England area consisted of what is now currently Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The Chesapeake region was mainly Maryland and Virginia, even though the Carolinas and Georgia were considered part of the Chesapeake region as well. Although the two regions were both settled by Englishmen, the regions possessed major differences that could be traced back to the varying motives for colonization, the various settlers, the geography and climate of the New World, and the contrasting philosophies and views of the colonies.
The New England and Chesapeake regions were founded for distinctive purposes. New England was founded for religious regions. The Puritan religion was discriminated against in England and they desired to break away from the Anglican Church and all Roman Catholic influences. John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the chief figure among the Puritan founders of New England, stated in A Model of Christian Charity , “We shall be that city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us, we shall be made a story and…

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