Difference of the 13 American Colonies

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To say that the 13 colonies were similar by the time of the Revolution is not completely true. Although the colonies may have been more united by the Revolution, they did not necessarily share all the same characteristics. Agriculturally the colonies were vastly different. The South was consisted in many large plantations. The primary crop of these plantations was tobacco and cotton. These crops required much manual labor to plant and harvest. This made much of the economy of the South dependent on cheap slave labor. This contrasted with the New England colonies, whose agriculture consisted mostly of small family farms that grew the essentials that the families needed to survive that was dependent on commerce. The Middle colonies were the “breadbasket” of the New World. They grew much of the grain and cerea Continue...


The colonies though different in many ways were dependent on each other. Even though the South grew the cotton, most of the manufacturing was in the North. The middle colonies provided rich farm lands for food stuffs and help bridge the differences between the South and the North. The North had the mills and the skilled labor. The Southern colonies were primarily Anglicans which religious wise gave them the closet ties to England. The North provided the manufacturing and the shipping. ls that were needed throughout the colonies. If they couldn't grow and produce what they chose or to trade with the most profitable trade partners they would totally be at the mercy of England. The various climates also contributed in the difference of agriculture. While most of the colonists believed firmly in their own beliefs at some level they tried to keep religion from dominating politics. New England not only became an area not only known for fish but also its ports had powerful shipping industries. This contrasted to the hierarchical beliefs of England where everything was decided by the king and the ruling class. While religion was important in all the colonies, England's lack of tolerance in this area was one of the main reasons many of the colonists had traveled to the New World. All of the colonies didn't want to become dependant on just trade with England.