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The New World was a place of interest in the beginning of the 1600s with families single men women all settling in either the Chesapeake region or New England From the start the New England and Chesapeake colonies differed however by the 1700s the colonies two distinctly different societies formed All the people had the same mother country however the purposes for their exodus to the New World were unrelated Families in New England settled for religious freedom and men in the south seeking for riches and gold In 1606 the men who petitioned the king to settle in the New World were divided into two companies The Virginia Company of Plymouth and the Virginia Company of London The Plymouth Company only lasted one winter but the Virginia Company was able to establish the first successful settlement Jamestown The Jamestown community lacked leadership and no government John Smith quickly took the colony over and kept the settlers from starving The companys reason for the expedition was to find gold Smith summarized the thoughts of the gold seekers in Virginia in a short excerpt The worst among us were the gold seekers who with their golden promises made all men their slaves in hope of recompense There was no talkbut dig gold wash gold refine gold load gold Since no gold was found Smith was overthrown by the king Anarchy took over the colony as people starved and forts fell On the other hand when the first settlement in New England was established from before they even stepped on land a set of rules was made called the Mayflower Compact Even though the first colony in Plymouth failed years before the Separatists that landed in Plymouth had good leadership and were able to overcome the harsh winters even when they had few supplies or knowledge As in Springfield Massachusetts in 1636 a list of rules was given to the colonists to keep in order called the
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