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The Southern colonies, in contrast to New England and the middle colonies, were mostly rural. The economy of the area was dependent on crops grown on plantations and farms. English aristocrats owned large plantations worked mostly by indentured servants and slaves. Indentured servants were mostly men who could not afford the trip to the New World, they would sign a contract as indentured servants agreeing to work for several years without pay in exchange for passage to America. They also learned skills that could be used to go into business for themselves and they were free to go at the end of their contract. Tobacco, cotton, and indigo became major crops for income and trade. Colonists from the three regions used part of what they produced, but they exported large amounts of goods and products to England. The English depended on these items for manufacturing. Britain, in return, supplied manufactured goods to the colonies. Many cultural elements shape Colonial America. Most settlers that came to America were English, but many were also from Dutch, Swedes and Germans in the middle region, a few
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Chou 4 French in South Carolina and slaves from Africa, primarily in the South. Religious freedom was a major reason for Europeans to move to the American colonies. Quakers, Puritans, Jews, Protestants, and Catholics represented religious diversity. Many different faiths coexisted in the colonies and freedom of religion was an important aspect to settlers. During Colonial America, the main role of women was to run the household and to do domestic duties such as preparing food, raising children, and cleaning the house. Most women were not allowed to work in the fields with their husbands. However, especially in New England they tended gardens and cared for livestock. Additionally, some women in the Middle colonies worked in manufacturing as well as on the farm. In the Southern region, women helped manage plantations, cared for the sick and supervised slaves. Females were often taught how to read but not write just so that they could read and understand the Bible. They could not vote or own property because they had very few rights. Married women were subservient to their husbands.
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