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Reasons for the Differences between the Chesapeake Region and New England Region The colonists that set off for the New World were all very much alike For the most part they were whites seeking new opportunities and freedom in the New World As the colonists began to settle across the eastern portion of America forming the thirteen colonies there began to emerge a sharp contrast between the Chesapeake Region and the New England Region as early as the 1700s This striking difference between the two areas emerged as a result of the economic differences between the two areas The way each area produced wealth distributed land and established economic classes were all of paramount importance to the unique shaping of the two regions The earliest sign of differences between the two areas could be seen in the manner in which the colonies in the Chesapeake and New England region began to distribute the land to incoming settlers The rich and fertile land in the Chesapeake region was far more economically valuable than the hard rocky soil of the New England region Furthermore colonies in the Chesapeake or southern region such as Virginia and Maryland allowed for the private ownership and cultivation of the land Governor Dale of Virginia concluded that such practices would give the colonists more personal incentive to work the land and thus the entire colony would fare better Besides selling land many of the southern colonies established a headright system in which a grant of 100 acres was made to each male settler another 100 for his wife and 50 acres for each child This practice gave incentive for the entire family to cultivate the land However this was not the case in the New England region Though some colonies in this region did attempt to replicate the headright system privatization of land did not occur on such a large scale as was the case in the Chesapeake region Furthermore the
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