13 Colonies: Comparing the Regions – New England, Middle & Southern Colonies
This lesson teaches how the three regions of the 13 Colonies differed from one another: New England, the Middle Colonies, and the Southern Colonies. Students will learn how the climate and geography of the three colonial regions impacted the economic as well as the social lives of colonists in the three regions of the 13 Colonies. Students will learn how the New England colonists had to look to different types of revenue as farming in these colonies, due to cold weather and bad soil, was meager. Students will be introduced to the way New Englanders turned to lumber, ship building and shipping, fishing, whaling and trading the center of their economic lives. Students will also learn how life was more centered around towns and strict religious practices. Next, we provide an examination of the Middle Colonies, and their more diverse economic, ethnic, and religious diversity. Students will learn how this region, the “Breadbasket” of the colonies combined much more agriculture into their economy, with their mix of manufacturing, shipping, and trading. We look at the different religions of practiced in this regions and the different ethnic backgrounds of the settlers. Finally, students will learn how agriculture, especially the production of cash crops, impacted the social and economic lives of the Southern colonies. Students will learn how this region, which enjoyed more religious toleration, was spread out impacting the social, political and economic lives of the Southern Colonies. Students will be introduced to how slavery began to take hold in this region. Our lesson concludes with a look at some similarities between the lives of the average colonist in comparison to their European counterpart.
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13 Colonies: Comparing Regions – New England, Middle, & Southern
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