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1 Background on both Massachusetts and Virginia a The London Virginia Company founded Virginia in 1607 i Started with Jamestown b Settled mostly by English aristocrats c Discovered tobacco and became a monopoly d Pilgrims founded Massachusetts in 1620 arriving on the Mayflower i Pilgrims wrote the Mayflower Compact 1 Provided a democratic government based on the opinions of everyone e Massachusetts and Virginia were extremely different in politics due to economic developments and social status 2 Details about Massachusetts a Massachusetts was settled by Pilgrims in 1620 and Puritans in 1629 i Both the settlements merged in 1691 to form what is now known as Massachusetts b The Pilgrims came to Massachusetts because they became dissatisfied with the Church of England and separated to come to start a new settlement c The Puritans came to Massachusetts also because too wanted religious freedom i Both Puritans and Pilgrims were highly religious and relied on the Bible for decision making 1 Criminal laws in the 17th century were usually based on the Scriptures and mostly the Old Testament d The Puritans and Pilgrims both came to American in family units i This created closely-knit communities which made democracy easier e Pilgrims had written the Mayflower Compact a document that was a constitution that stated the belief that government is a covenant and that they needed the consent of everyone in order to consider the government legitimate a democracy f The settlers of Massachusetts were extremely successful in their trade i They created several shipping and repairing centers around the coastline ii They became successful in repairing ships and selling lumber g All the factors economy social grouping and religion all played a difference in developing a democracy in Massachusetts 3 Details about Virginia a The London Virginia Company founded Virginia in 1607 b The company was mostly aristocrats who were looking for gold in America i The aristocrats had no survival skills and depended
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