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Compare and contrast the colonies of Virginia and Massachusetts Bay. Quick Answer The colonies of Virginia and Massachusetts were similar in some ways and different in others. They were both founded in the first half of the 17th century and they both practiced some form of self-governance. They had very different climates, however, which meant that the Massachusetts economy was driven by things like shipping and shipbuilding while Virginia's warmer temperatures allowed for an agriculture-based economy. The Virginia and Massachusetts Bay colonies both had a number of similarities and differences. They were both colonies of England and settled in roughly the same time period. Their early inhabitants faced many of the same difficulties in establishing a viable colony. Both colonies were helped by the native populations in their respective regions. The story of the help the Pilgrims in Massachusetts received with agriculture is celebrated each year during Thanksgiving, and without the help of Pocahontas it is possible Virginia colony would have been destroyed. Additionally, each colony established systems of self-government to help them survive; these systems would eventually form some of the foundations of the American political system. The

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