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When you look at the early settlers as they were getting situated in America they look like theyre generally the same For the most part thats a little bit true but there were some major differences in the two main sections of AmericaOne of the biggest differences between the two colonies is their views on slavery Now this isnt saying that one side was for and one was opposed to it because at the time both of the colonies had slaves However the treatment of the slaves was very different In the Chesapeake Bay area they were indentured servants and treated the slaves almost like animals Slaves were considered their property rather than actual human beings If you brought slaves to the New World you would get more land If a slave broke a law the punishment would be a lot harsher for them than if the crime were committed by a white man You wouldnt want to be a slave anywhere but if you were to have to pick the New England area was the place to be It was still a lot of work and the compensation was awful but it was much better conditions than in the Chesapeake area Slaves were given more habitable living areas and werent subjected to as harsh punishment as the ones down south I believe this is what ultimately led to what the Civil War was about with the North being opposed to slavery and the South fighting to keep it However it wasnt always so black and white Sometimes certain individuals in each colony would treat slaves differently than their fellow colonists For example in The Secret Diary of William Byrd II Byrd was a settler in Virginia yet he seemed to treat his slaves the northern way He called them his family and while he whipped them as punishment it
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