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Compare and contrast the different ways in whicheconomic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in theperiod from 1607 to 1750.

Compare and contrast the different ways in whicheconomic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in theperiod from 1607 to 1750.

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do not PLAGIARIZE!! this is document for people who really need help especially in U.S History HONORS. or CP.
FWI. if you plagiarize you will get deep crap so dont! trust me.
do not PLAGIARIZE!! this is document for people who really need help especially in U.S History HONORS. or CP.
FWI. if you plagiarize you will get deep crap so dont! trust me.

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Mary Foley DuquetteHonors US History IJuly 7, 2011
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Compare and contrast the different ways in whicheconomic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in theperiod from 1607 to 1750.
From all of the colonies that resulted from European expansion andconquest, perhaps the two most famous would be those of Virginia andMassachusetts. The economic development of Massachusetts and Virginiastarted 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 economicstability, which created two different politics and economic systems.
The settlements of Virginia and Massachusetts were both establishedabout the same time, but the ways that they were established were incrediblydifferent from each other. The first difference seen in the beginning of thecolonies was caused by trial and error. The Virginia Companies had manyfailures and close calls, while Massachusetts has a successful first settlementby smart decisions regarding food and planning made this possible. Thesecond difference also occurred was leaderships in each company. Virginiadid not have good leadership until John Smith came and started well thoughtout society based on a set of ideals made life easy to follow. Before the time
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being, Massachusetts had John Winthrop who successfully developed thesettlement in the area. The third difference between the beginnings of Massachusetts and Virginia were the workers in the work forces. Virginia’speople were lazy and relied on the native people. While Massachusetts wassettled by hard working Puritans, who did not have as much problems withnatives in the beginning. In conclusion, the differences in the settlement’supbringing were not the only thing that divided the two colonies. Anotherreason why the colonies divided was the differ views on religion helped toshape the economy of both settlements.The Virginia and Massachusetts Companies both realized that theywould need to have a strong economic system, but their views on religionand profit had too many differences and resulted in different systems. Themost obvious difference between the colonies was the religion. The Puritansbelieved in self-control and no need for “excessive” profits. Virginia hadproblems with embezzling, overcharging, and the use of company laborers.The second difference between the colonies was the Native Americanrelations. Virginia had problems with natives from the start. Massachusettslearned the best ways to survive in the area by watching and having goodrelationships with the natives. The third difference was the urban life. Both
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societies were impacted with an increase in immigrants, creating acompetition for work. Boston was the worst and people looked to thecommunity for help. In conclusion, all of the differences resulted in twoeconomic systems that were successful, but very different.Both Virginia and Massachusetts had the same goal of colonialsuccess and stability but their ways about securing the stability and gainingeconomic success and wealth reflected their previous established “moralsand values”. The first difference was the establishment of plantations.Virginia began to establish plantations for tobacco and Massachusetts was aseaport. Both began to suffer from the increase of immigrants, which createdmore competition for work. This leads to the second difference, which wascompetition. The competition for work in each colony that each suffered butVirginia more than Massachusetts. The third difference was slavery.Virginia made its money through tobacco, and with that came an increase inslavery. Massachusetts did not have as great demand for slaves. Inconclusion, although both of the settlements had different point of views,neither of them could avoid the problems from increase of immigration andboth relied on their separate means of profit.In the end, it can be seen that both companies had similar goals and
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