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Daniel Seiden Mr. O. Siflinger APUSH G 27 August 2019 Prompt: Compare and contrast the ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607-1750 Massachusetts & Virginia: Similarities/Differences LEQ As England expanded its reign, the new settlements in Virginia and Massachusetts were similar but also very different. Despite being established at the same time by people living in the same region, their geographical location, means of economic stability and views on politics and religion greatly affected the politics in both regions. Massachusetts and Virginia were very different from an economic standpoint. While Virginia’s economy relied heavily on the slave trade and the use of indentured servants, Massachusetts’s economy relied on a merchant class. This merchant class obtained wealth through shipbuilding, lumbering, fur-trading, etc. Because of Massachusetts’s natural geography
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