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The English Colonies, 1605-1760
Guide: Regional Colonial Development

These resources highlight characteristics of the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. Use these resources to aid students in comparing and contrasting the different colonial regions. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Time Period Key Understandings

  • New advancements in technology can produce widespread social, cultural, and political change
  • Events can have multiple outcomes and include unintended consequences
  • Powerful nations' ability to control wealth and resources increases their ability to influence other nations
  • Cultural exchanges can occur intentionally and unintentionally
  • A civilization's success and growth is largely dependent on geographical location
  • Culture is the product of shared economic, religious, and political values
  • Regional characteristics can influence people's perspectives

Key Questions

  • Compare and contrast the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies. What makes these colonies unique and similar?
  • How did the Great Awakening shape freedom of religion in the colonies?
  • How did different geographical and regional differences give way to distinct colonial characteristics among the colonies?


  1. Overview: Regional Colonial Development
  2. Outlines: Outline
  3. Lesson: Introduction
  4. Lesson: 1-New England
  5. Lesson: 2-The Middle Colonies
  6. Lesson: 3-The Southern Colonies
  7. Lesson: 4-The First Great Awakening
  8. Lesson: Closing
  9. Facts & Figures: Colonies: Original 13 Colonies, Founding Dates, and Charters
  10. Reference Articles: Massachusetts Bay Company
  11. Reference Articles: Colonial Economy
  12. Reference Articles: Colonial Government and Politics
  13. Reference Articles: Great Awakening
  14. Reference Articles: Plantations
  15. Political Cartoons, Posters & Document Images: Edwards, Jonathan: sermon against slavery
  16. Letters & Narratives: Bradford, William: Of Plymouth Plantation (1648)
  17. Speeches: Edwards, Jonathan: "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" sermon (1741)
  18. Maps: Chesapeake Colonies, 17th Century
  19. Maps: Middle Colonies, 17th Century
  20. Maps: New England Colonies

MLA Citation

"Regional Colonial Development." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2153062. Accessed 15 Sept. 2019.

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