settlements were rapidly being colonized by Europeans in the 16th century

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Many new settlements were rapidly being colonized by Europeans in the 16th century. The two major European colonies were the New England and Chesapeake regions. The New England and Chesapeake regions were both settled by people of the English origin, but by the 1700's the two colonies drifted to become to distinct societies. What was the differences these two regions had in creating such different societies?

Even though the colonies were both settled by English settlers they came to North America for different reasons, which is where the different societies began to really emerge. When the Church of England separated from Catholicism. Protestantism flourished and lead to some Protestants wanting to be completely separated from Catholicism. These "Separatists" along with Catholics who did not join the Church of England came to New England. John Winthrope, A Model of Christian Charity, John Smith, History of Virginia, 1624 said, " The city on a hill, the eyes of all the people are on them, god watches over and the people should not speak of evil about god."

Also, one of the colonies of the New England region the articles of agreement, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1636, said, the intend of godly grace will be set and a faithful minister with a church will be given to walk through Christ ( Doc D). This shows how important religion was and they will do all they can through Christ. Therefore, the New England colonies were religious based in hopes for freedom and where they can practice what they believe and not for economic reasons. As for the Chesapeake region they came purely for valuables and riches. The gold seekers were the worst among us" (Document f) "There was no talk…but dig gold, wash gold, refine gold, load gold..." The whole purpose of...