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North Colonies vs South Colonies Colonial America was hardly the unified whole that may be pictured The colonies were settled at different times and the surrounding area directly affected the lifestyle of the colonist The three regions of colonies New England Chesapeake and the South all had very distinct cultures and societies Through historical documents and decisions the differences as well as similarities can very easily be seen Religion and the Puritan code ruled all aspects of the New England society The idea of The City Upon A Hill was introduced early in the development of the colonies John Winthrop one of the colonies founders believed that New England must set the moral example for the world His theory was that all of the world would look to New England as a model of morality and religious goodness A main example of this Puritan ethic was the judicial system of the Northern Colonies Whereas most judicial systems busied themselves with cases of theft and assault the New England courts answered to a higher order They were responsible for maintaining the godliness of the community The prosecution of immoral behavior was prominent within the courts A prime example of the strict Puritan code is the prosecution of Alice Thomas Thomas was proclaimed a common Baud for secretly entertaining notorious persons of both sexes Thomas actions may have been less than perfect but to permanently label her for her so-called carnall wickedness is a bit harsh Although the charge alludes to the fact that Thomas entertained lewd acts within her home the evidence to support it is lacking The charges seem more suggestive than concrete This situation typifies the experience of many within the New England court system On the other hand the life and society of the Middle colonies namely Virginia was very different The development of the Middle colonies was far less structured than that of the Northern With little supervision
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