Colonial Melting Pot
During the 1600’s the colonies were starting to attract more and more people of all different ethnicities but were mostly made up of English settlers. By 1700, the Chesapeake and New England regions were becoming quite distinct for many different reasons. these reasons were, the different people who were attracted to the two regions, the reasons for the development of the regions were different, and the different levels of wealth in the regions.
The regions and the colonies were very different. Because of this they attracted different people. The people going to the New England region were definitely more interested their religion than anything else they wanted to create a religious region for families to be welcomed in.…show more content… The Chesapeake region was founded strictly for making money and finding gold. So you could imagine that this group of people was quite different than families. This is supported by document three which is another ship’s list of people on board, but this list includes all single men except for eleven brave women who were all in search for wealth.
The motivation for the building of the colonies in the Chesapeake Bay region was strictly for making money as mentioned before. This is supported by a quote pulled from John Smith’s “History of Virginia”. It reads, “There was no talk… but dig gold, wash gold, refine gold, load gold.” The document goes on to show that the only thing cared about in the colony was gold, the living conditions were terrible but nobody cared as shown by the next quote used saying, “we lived from hand to mouth caused the pinnace to alter to be provided with things fitting to get provision for the year…show more content… An example is shown in “A Model of Christian Charity” by John Winthrop, a puritan who led the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He states, “We must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause him to withdraw his present help from us.” Winthrop clearly wants his Massachusetts Bay Colony to be treated as an example to all other colonies of a well structured religious colony. He also wants all eyes on his colony so if the religion starts to become fake to the people, God would stop assisting them as a colony.
In the New England region, the people were more understanding equality-wise than the people than the people of the Chesapeake Bay region. They didn't come to the region to be selfish and try to find money, they came with families and children to seek religion. In point three “Articles of Agreement” it states, “That Every inhabitant shall have a convenient proportion for a house lot, as we shall see for everyone’s quality and estate.” This point reveals the sharing of the wealth between the people and the government, where everything is peaceful and fair. This is completely opposite of the Chesapeake Bay