Compare and contrast the ways in which economic development affected politics in Massachusetts and Virginia in the period from 1607-1750.

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1) Background on both Massachusetts and Virginia

a) The London Virginia Company founded Virginia in 1607.

i) Started with Jamestown.

b) Settled mostly by English aristocrats.

c) Discovered tobacco, and became a monopoly.

d) Pilgrims founded Massachusetts in 1620 arriving on the Mayflower.

i) Pilgrims wrote the Mayflower Compact.

(1) Provided a democratic government based on the opinions of everyone.

e) Massachusetts and Virginia were extremely different in politics due to economic developments and social status.

2) Details about Massachusetts

a) Massachusetts was settled by Pilgrims in 1620 and Puritans in 1629.

i) Both the settlements merged in 1691 to form what is now known as Massachusetts.

b) The Pilgrims came to Massachusetts because they became dissatisfied with the Church of England, and separated to come to start a new settlement.

c) The Puritans came to Massachusetts also because too wanted religious freedom.

i) Both Puritans and Pilgrims were highly religious and relied on the Bible for decision making.

(1) Criminal laws in the 17th century were usually based on the Scriptures and mostly the Old Testament.

d) The Puritans and Pilgrims both came to American in family units

i) This created closely-knit communities, which made democracy easier.

e) Pilgrims had written the Mayflower Compact, a document that was a constitution that stated the belief that government is a covenant, and that they needed the consent of everyone in order to consider the government legitimate, a democracy.

f) The settlers of Massachusetts were extremely successful in their trade.

i) They created several shipping and repairing centers around the coastline.

ii) They became successful in repairing ships and selling lumber.

g) All the factors, economy, social grouping, and religion all played a difference in developing a democracy in Massachusetts.

3) Details about Virginia

a) The London Virginia Company founded...