Middle Colonies : A Region of Great American Influence and Power

Middle Colonies : A Region of Great American Influence and Power


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 Life in the Colonial Middle of it all.

The Middle colonies represented diversity in early colonial life. The region was a mixture of four major states. These states were the last to settle into the 13 original colonies. They had a mix of cities and farms all around their lands. The middle colonies contained Native American tribes of Algonkian and Iroquois language groups. A small percentage of African slaves were settled in the middle colonies also. The middle colonies served as a crossroad of ideas during the colonial time because they had port cities and they had a mix of the society and economy from both New England and the South

The middle colonies hosted a lot of different groups in there four states; Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, New Jersey.  This region was democratic and tolerant of differences. Colonists settled in the Middle Colonies because of the fertile soil, long growing seasons, religious freedom and equality to all. The middle colonies focused on trading. They bought lumber and boats from the New England colonies so they could trade goods over sea. They had little to basically no need for slaves because they did not have much plantation farming .  They did have a growing artisan middle class and that is the main reason they could trade in goods to make money. The middle colonies were called the breadbasket of the colonies because they had the most fertilized soil and they produced high yields of wheat which was used to make healthy bread.

I think the middle colonies were the glue that held the north and the south together.  It is interesting that location for signing the Declaration of Independence and the first capitol cities such as New York and Philadelphia were in the Middle Colonies.  What do you think was the most influential colonial region in America?

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This political image  (attributed to Ben Franklin ) originally appeared during the French/Indian War , but was recycled to encourage the American colonies to unite against British rule. From The Pennsylvania gazette, 9 May 1754. Abbreviations used: South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England. This is a somewhat odd division: New England was four colonies, and Delaware and Georgia are missing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)