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The Societies of Colonial New England and VirginiaThe societies of New England and Virginia in the seventeenth century contrasted each other greatly Many of the immigrants that settled in these regions were from English or European origin Ironically the life expectancy family life and types of communities that these societies created completely contradicted each other Virginias society was a gold rush society where a majority of the colonists were men who became indentured servants Document F reveals that they fled England in search of a more prosperous life The statistics in document C exhibit the fact that most of the colonists in Virginia were men At this time in history for every five men in Virginia there was only one woman The colonists in New England on the other hand immigrated to America in families New Englanders lived in communities that consisted mostly of families Document B illustrates this phenomenon As document D states the people of New England intended their town to be composed of forty familiesrich and poor The colonists in New England had large families The children in these families were their familys laborers This explains why only 17 percent of their population was composed of indentured servants compared to 80 percent in VirginiaThe life expectancies of colonists in New England greatly exceeded the life expectancies of the colonists in Virginia The James River in Virginia became contaminated in the summer This caused the colonists to become infected with diseases such as dysentery typhoid and malaria These diseases can be held accountable for a death rate in Virginia of 80 percent The life expectancy of men in New England on the other hand was 72 years of age The New England colonists were Puritans that hoped to create a model city in their immigration to America document A As document D states the colonists wanted to join in church covenant to walk in all the ways of Christ
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