The Impact That Natural Resources Had On The New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies

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"Lifestyles in each of the three sections of the colonies developed because of, and were influenced by, the land, climate, and resources found in these sections." That statement is very true. The New England colonies did not become farmers, because of the harsh rocky land, but became traders instead. The Middle colonies had a lot of lush, fertile soil, and gained income by selling crops. The rice and tobacco grown in the southern colonies made them the ones to have (and need) many slaves.

The New England resources were the sea, lumber, and forests. The sea provided fish and whales, lumber provided wood and mining, and forests brought the New Englanders a source of fur and game. With all of these resources, they developed an intest in trade. Many lived by the ocean, making it easier to import and export.

The Middle colonies had lush and fertile land, perfect for farming.

They farmed for money, not just to feed themselves. They had a lot of wood, and developed an interest in clock making and clockwork. They also had a large amount of iron ore available to them. The winters there were less harsh, which allowed them to trade all year round.

The Southern colonies had swampy land. They grew a lot of rice and tobacco. These were both grown on big plantations, which made the masters buy a lot of slaves. On the plantations they were self-sufficient, like they were on the manors.

The resources, land, and climare affected how each colony lived and developed by providing different things, making each have different occupations and different lifestyles.