Early colonial areas
Long before America officially became a country in 1776, this land, which
we are upon, was mearly a colonial settlement for British Immigrants who were
fleeing their country because of religious reasons. There were three different areas
in which the immigrants settled.
The first area was known as New England. It consisted of the present-day
states: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
The people living there were called “Puritans”. They got their name from trying
to purify the church of England. They were very much into religion. They always
read the Bible, they believed God’s laws can be understood only through it.
They adhered to strict code of morality and proper behavior, they also valued
education. For livelihood they traded, fished and built ships. The Pilgrims were
the first to settle in Plymouth. Later, non-separatist Puritans came to
Another area was known as the Middle colonies. The people who settled
here were the Quakers. They, alike the Puritans, were also very religious. They
also read the Bible. They also migrated to America for religious reasons, like
the Puritans. They valued self government, Manufacturing, and commerce. Their
preachers preached violently (in terms of speaking). They both, lived amicably
with the Indians and purchased plots of land off them. Quaker city of Philadelphia
became the unofficial colonial capitol in 1750. Twenty-six years later the
Declaration of Independence was signed here. The Middle colonies consisted of the
present-day states: New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
The Final area was known as the Southern Colonies. The people who
settled here were called the Planters. These people were farmers and were devoted
to their crops and slavery. This group was completely different from the other
two in that, the southern colonies were not into religion at all, they were too
busy worrying about their crops. They indeed came to America for the farming
game. They valued social events and business. They had a rural lifestyle. They
dealed mainly with tobacco but also planted Aristocracy. The Southern colonies
consisted of the present-day states: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South
Carolina, and Georgia.
These three all came to the “New Land” in search for freedom from
the wrath of the British. And they most certainly found it. And that was just
the beginning of this great country which we call the United States of America.