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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 Towns Subsistence 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 England Few 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.

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