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Colonial History of the United StatesStandard 1.1, 1.2English Colonies15th Century Britain, Spain, France began colonizing the Americas. Britain on the east coast (England only ones with intention of staying)France in the interior part of the countrySpain in the southern regions and Latin American regionsEnglands motivation to move to North AmericaEconomic, political, religious, social, and adventureColonies divided into 3 regions:1. New England (Massachusetts, New England, Rhode Island, & Connecticut)2. Middle Colonies (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware)3. Southern Colonies (Maryland, Virginia, North/South Carolina, GeorgiaCharacteristics of ColoniesSouthern Colonies1st successful colony located at Jamestown, VA by a joint-stock company called the Virginia Company. Most settled Jamestown with intent to harvest the resources and get rich quick. John Rolfe discovered tobacco that became major cash crop for the SouthUsed the headright system to attract peoplepromise of 50 acres of land to those who would settle the colonyEconomybased on cash crops (sometimes called staple crops) which are used in bulk to generate income for a place. Main crops in the

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