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The Colonists Of The New World

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In the 1600s the land of Massachusetts Bay and Virginia were the first two regions to be colonized in the New World. Both colonies, New England and Chesapeake, had each of their own separate failures and of course, their successes. Virginia’s colony focused immensely on labor and profit which took the attention away from forming community infrastructure and stability which is what allowed Massachusetts Bay to start their settlement on the right foot. Massachusetts Bay, or New England, Puritans were looking for a community wholly or at least predominantly based on religion causing conflict with the church of England. Chesapeake’s uncharitable and irrational behaviors kept them from forming the rather more important characteristics of a community. These perspectives and actual flourishing accomplishments of these two colonies, the Massachusetts Bay colony thrived in all the relevant places: Labor, economy, and community.
Initially, the amount of occupational diversity in the Massachusetts Colony made a huge impact on its labor force. When colonists first arrived in Massachusetts, the people fit themselves with a wide range of jobs. These include, men who were fit to be leaders of the colony and had experience in governing (Divine, 90). The Virginia Colony’s first settlers on the other hand, were not accustomed to the duties given to them. As a result, many of the Virginians died off in the first year. Hoping to achieve the same occupational diversity Massachusetts had, the Virginia Company send men who were artisans. This proved to be a fatal mistake, as these new immigrants were just as inexperience at work as the previous colonists were (Divine, 77). Not only were the settlers of the Massachusetts’ Colony advantageously employed, they additionally used their own means of labor. Rather than waste profit on indentured servants, the Puritans relied on free labor, allowing them to establish an economy on numerous tasks in the colony (Divine, 91). This gave the Massachusetts colonists the ability to spend their profits on the community as well. That being said the Chesapeake Bay Colony had different values and were open to bought labor, specifically indentured servants. This continuous investment in indentured servants left Virginia’s economy unstable because of the perpetual loop of purchasing new servants after the end of a servant’s term (Divine, 79).
Massachusetts’ strategies for building a community carried them down the road of success. Having a more efficient development of community allowed settlers to advance as a society. Dissimilar to the Chesapeake citizens, the Puritans initiated small and compact villages. Divine explains that, “These small, communal villages kept families in close touch so that each could be alert not only to its own transgressions, but also to those of its neighbors (Divine, 94).” As for family situations women played an important position in this family orientated society. A puritan woman was a housekeeper,...

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