Mary Foley DuquetteHonors US History IJuly 7, 2011
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