founding Dates of the Colonies
Establishment of Virginia ColonyFounded by the London Co.
Social- Mostly men at first, few women eventual came. Death, disease, Indian attacks, and starvation weakened colony.
Political- House of Burgesses representative government
Economic- Cash crop, tobacco, large plantation.
New Hampshire Colony EstablishedFounded by John Mason and others.
Absorbed into the Massachusetts colony.
Establishment of the colony of MassachusettsFounded by Puritans that emigrated from England.
Social- Religious based society, promoted the common good, close with God, and mostly families that emphasized family life.
Political- Set up local government based on Mayflower Compact and had town meetings to discuss opinions. Elected governors and officials.
Economic - Crops like corn borrowed from the Indians and shipbuilding.
Establishment of the colony of MarylandFounded by Lord Baltimore
Social- Created as a haven for Catholics, feudal domain with large estates and plantations.
Political- Lead by Lord BAltimore, gave religious tolerance to all Christians, but decreed the death pebalty to Jews and athiests.
Economic -Large plantations, main cash crop of tobacco with the use of indentured servants.
Establishment of the colony of ConnecticutFounded by emigrants from Massachusetts.
Social- Emigrants who disliked life in Massachusetts and wanted to make their own colony.
Political - Closer church-government alliance then in Massachusetts. Borrowed Fundamental Orders for colonial charter and later state constitution.
Economic - Busy seaport at New Haven.
Establishment of the colony of Rhode IslandEstablished by Roger Williams
Social - Population of outcasts who left other colonies seeking religious tolerance.
Political - Based on religious tolerance where "misfits" could live how they wanted.
Economic - No taxes to support church state, large seaport and huge contributor in the triangle trade making rum.