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Chesapeake - Kelly Smith HIST 2210 Dr. Bragg Chesapeake...

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Kelly Smith HIST 2210 Dr. Bragg Chesapeake Although New England and the Chesapeake region were both settled largely by people of English origin, by 1700 the regions evolved into two distinct societies. Geography, type of government, and different motives for moving played a vital role in the distinction of the two regions. Reasons for Englishmen settling in the Chesapeake areas were hopes for finding gold. John Smith stated that “there was no talk… but dig gold, wash gold, refine gold load gold. ..” (Doc. F) Profit hungry settlers often planted tobacco before they planted corn. Many times they tobacco would ruin fields therefore the immigrants had to plunger farther up to the river valleys, provoking Indian attacks. Leaf laden ships hauled some 1.5 million pounds of tobacco out of the Bay by the 1630s and also 40 million pounds a year by the end of the century. Enormous production depressed prices. Farmers couldn’t handle the crops by themselves so they got indentured servants to do the job. The
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course HIST 1132 taught by Professor Fair during the Fall '02 term at GCSU.

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