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Both New England and the Chesapeake region started off as colonies established essentially by England yet developed into two different areas with very distinctive traits Such a difference in development occurred mainly because of religion government economics and society A group of Puritans first founded the Plymouth bay colony which became a part of Massachusetts which is considered a part of New England As well as Massachusetts New England encompassed New Hampshire Connecticut Maine and Rhode Island Puritans and their religion were a major influence in the development of New England Puritanism was all about purifying the church and building a personal relationship with god Puritans were very honest and fair people they wanted not only the best for themselves but they best for the majority Like John Winthrop said some must be rich some poor some high and eminent in power and dignity The Puritans structured their establishments primarily on religious principles and equality For example in 1636 the Articles of Agreement of Springfield Massachusetts clearly states with its first rule that they want to model themselves after religious concepts and walk in all the ways of Christ Another example would be their co venant with God which was an arrangement to create a holy society that would somehow become the standard for humankind Such a covenant probably effected all aspects of life their society economics every day way of living and whatever else is took to become a holy society On the other hand young single men who came to American in search of money land and a woman inhabited the Chesapeake region Jamestown was the first colony to be founded in 1607 and its appealing factor was the promise of gold with a big want to convert the Native Americans to Christianity The Chesapeake region was mostly Christian and Maryland was known as the Catholic Haven Maryland was founded in 1634 and passed an act of toleration in
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