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A House Divided The seventeenth century proved to be a century of change as men and women crossed the Atlantic for various reasons Some moved to escape bad marriages some moved from poverty and others moved from troubling royal policies Whatever their reasons were the colonists had one common goal--- to strive for a better life Sharing this common bond Americans banded together and fought for independence during the Revolution As the Revolution ended Americans felt overjoyed and united They managed to overlook some of the differences between them that would eventually lead to an intense conflict in the years to come Social economical and political differences between the two regions would eventually become so intense that they would cause one of the bloodiest battles of all time--- the Civil War Differences began as early as the years of the colonial period To begin the Northern and Southern colonies developed vastly different economies The Chesapeake colonies most important staple crop became tobacco Tobacco affected nearly every aspect of their lives The colonies were able to collect many duties on tobacco Harvesting tobacco called for a great deal of work However the colonists were unprepared for this work They were lazy and greedy Whenever possible planters in Virginia and the Southern colonies purchased able-bodied workers who were capable of getting the job done In all of the Southern colonies white planters forced African slaves to produce staple crops for the world market In Virginia and Georgia colonists were granted land for each additional servant they transported to their colony Along with tobacco wood naval stores and rice were also strong factors in the economic success of Southern colonies such as Georgia and the Carolinas In contrast to the Southern colonies the Northern colonies relied heavily upon different exports Their major export was grain They emphasized the growth of wheat and other agricultural products Trade also became important for them Fur trading became popular in
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