This essay compares and contrasts the religous beliefs and settling purposes of Northern and Southern American settlers of the 1600s

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Europeans came to America in the pursuit of property, religious freedom, and the privilege of beginning a new nation. Although the motives of the colonists were comparatively alike, the ways of life were very different. The North believed in the New World as a duty from God, to create a land and covenant His work. The South was more oriented with the economic potential of the land, causing contrasting lifestyles in this new nation.

The North Regions goal of settlement came about from the Pilgrim settlement at Plymouth Rock. The travelers of the Mayflower arrived in Plymouth Rock, with the consent of the King, to pursue religious freedom. The arrival was accident. Their intentions were to land on the Virginia shoreline, but this accidental placement helped set the regions apart. The need to love one another with out religious friction was present among the settlers, something that was all too common in their past home of England.

In contrast, the first round of settlers arrived in Virginia initially for exploration. They were greeted by Natives who introduced them to corn and quality tobacco. The colonists took notice to the economic potential of these crops and settled. Virginia and Maryland quickly became centers for crash crops and landowners began to make money with indentured servants working off their travel debts.

The regions held their own tactics to promote colonization in the New World. The North being religion oriented offered the freedom to create new churches and govern under a church state. The community was mentioned to be "gentle, patient, liberal, ones who delight in each other, make others' conditions their own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together,.... Shall they keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace." The most attractive of reasons to...