Compare and Contrast the Different Ways in Which Economic Development Affected Politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the Period from 1607 to 1750.

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Honors US History I

July 7, 2011

Essay Question: #3 Compare and contrast the different ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607 to 1750.

From all of the colonies that resulted from European expansion and

conquest, perhaps the two most famous would be those of Virginia and

Massachusetts. The economic development of Massachusetts and Virginia

started in the same period of time but had many differences between them.

Each was established by the similar groups of people but they had different

beginnings, also a different view on religion, and different means economic

stability, which created two different politics and economic systems.

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most obvious difference between the colonies was the religion. The Puritans

believed in self-control and no need for “excessive” profits. Virginia had

problems with embezzling, overcharging, and the use of company laborers.

The second difference between the colonies was the Native American

relations. Virginia had problems with natives from the start. Massachusetts

learned the best ways to survive in the area by watching and having good

relationships with the natives. The third difference was the urban life. Both

societies were impacted with an increase in immigrants, creating a

competition for work. Boston was the worst and people looked to the

community for help. In conclusion, all of the differences resulted in two

economic systems that were successful, but very different.

Both Virginia and Massachusetts had the same goal of colonial

success and stability but their ways about securing the stability and gaining

economic success and wealth reflected their previous established “morals

and values”. The first difference was the establishment of plantations.

Virginia began to establish plantations for tobacco and Massachusetts was a

seaport. Both began to suffer from the increase of immigrants, which
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