As the first colonies were being discovered and settled in the eastern coast of North America, a few of them grew to have very distinct characteristics and ways of life even though all the settlers came from Europe. The New England and Chesapeake region were both largely populated by people of English origin, but still managed to expand into two very diverse societies before 1700. New England, located in the northern region of all the colonies was more prosperous than the southern Chesapeake Bay region. The reason for this difference is dated to the beginning of the two colonies. Because the settlement of New England and the Chesapeake Bay region was so diverse, the colonies developed into two distinct societies.
The starting point of a settlement is very important for its success and with the Chesapeake Bay region, the reason for all its dismay was due to the fact that the type of settlers differed from the ones that reached New England. As listed in Ultimo's List of Emigrants Bound for Virginia, there was about eighty percent of men and just twenty percent of women boarding the ship in July of 1635 (Doc. C). The names were written in a singular form clearly indicating that family members didn't have an importance. The Ship's List of Emigrants Bound for New England included whole families, listing relations to the dominant male and even the servants that boarded the Weymouth with the family (Doc. B). Comparative to the list going to Virginia, New England was receiving steady whole families rather than Bhatia 2
young frustrated men. The difference of age, and family size made a huge impact on the future of the colonies. The men of Virginia were always in a need for more females and because of the shortage of women, most of them were pregnant before marriage. The families that reached New England had a better chance of surviving because they were already built up with servants and helpers. Since the men had wives and the children had siblings, there was less need to be so selfish like the settlers in the south.