Presentation on theme: "The New England Colonies (Commerce and Religion)"— Presentation transcript:
1 The New England Colonies (Commerce and Religion) Main Idea-Fishing and trade contributed to the growth and prosperity of the New England Colonies.
2 Why the New England Colonial Region is Distinct Long winters and rocky soil.English settlers made up the largest group in this region’s population.
3 Farms and TownsSubsistence Farming- Producing just enough food for themselves and sometimes a little extra for trade in town.New England farmer lived near town, b/c plots of land were sold to groups of people not the individual.New England towns- farmhouses surrounded the square (like a town hall)
4 Harvesting the Sea Atlantic ocean offered many economic opportunities Rich fishing grounds off the coast.Forests provided the materials needed for commercial fishing- TIMBER.Coastal cities like Boston, Salem, New Haven, and Newport grew rich from fishing.
5 ATLANTIC TRADE TRIANGULAR TRADE- trading route with three stops. EXAMPLE- Trade between the Colonies, Africa and the West Indies. (see notes)New England made enormous profits from trade forcing the English Government to pass the Navigation Acts. (see notes)
6 Slavery in New EnglandFew slaves- Just not economical to use that type of labor force on small subsistence farms.Some slavery used in the larger towns (for work as stable-hands, cooks, gardeners)New England had the largest population of free Africans.
7 Changes in Puritan Society Puritan religion declined in popularity.Drive of economic success competed with Puritan ideals.Increases competition from other religion groups (i.e Baptists)Political Changes- Religious tolerance laws took away the Puritans ability to control elections.