By examining the vast differences between how woman were treated in the different regions, religions, cultures and ethnicities in the colonies, Berkin adds a great deal of validity into the claim that Americans were a locality based society which shared national characteristics. Take for example the lives of woman in VA, Massachusetts and the south. In the Chesapeake region it was the local demographics, a sex ratio of nearly 6 to 1, and the high mortality rates that defined the role of woman in society. Woman in the Chesapeake could expect to be married several times as the harsh terrain throughout their lives as the harsh terrain and hostile environment made life in this area very difficult. Woman would have the opportunity to inherit land and wealth through the men they married and in turn act as a sort of insurance blanket, raising the children of the deceased father’s and holding their land and material, until of course the sons grew up and would take a share (sometimes very large from their mother). In Massachusetts the Puritan religion defined
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Thirteen Colonies, Native Americans in the United States