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Southern Colonies Georgia Maryland North Carolina South Carolina Virginia The southern colony was the first area to be settled and because of their inexperience many lives were lost The first settlers settled in the inland peninsula because they wanted to prevent a surprise attack from the Spanish What the settlers failed to prevent was sickness many died from malaria because the area they settled in was the breeding ground for it Many of the people that came to the southern colony of Virginia were aristocrats merchants and gentleman These people that came felt they were too good for labor that common men did They only survived by bullying the Powhatans for food Most of the first settlers did not survive The Virginia Company was the company that was granted the charter to settle the area of Virginia Their investment was quickly deteriorating and they had to find a way to make more money and to bring more settlers to the area The company established a headright system for grating land to individuals Those already settled in the colony received 100 acres apiece and new settlers each received 50 acres Those that help pay the passage of other immigrants to Virginia received an extra 50 acres per person It was a success Virginia had waves of new immigrants free and unfree laborers coming into Chesapeake Between 130000 and 150000 new immigrants came over the seventeenth century Most of the new immigrants were male between the ages of 15 to 24 and male outnumbered female six to one The ones that came to Chesapeake as free immigrants prospered because during the 1620s the demand for tobacco was high and the prices where high in Europe Those that came to Chesapeake as indentured servants had a much bleaker forecast Most -- 40 percent -- indentured servants did not survive to the end of their indentured terms The death rate in Virginia during the
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