Southern Colonies

Southern Colonies

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  • Our land affected the Southern Colonies positively. Our land is flat and has a variety of soils, and we have a hot, humid climate. Due to these fertile lands and long growing seasons, we have many plantations, unlike the other regions of America. This affects our colony positively because we can plant our cash crops, rice, tobacco and indigo. These are our cash crops because they were the first to be planted in the Southern plantations. 
  • Geography: fertile land
  •  On our plantations, many slaves could be found because they were bought by their owners. You might be wondering why we have so many plantations so that we have to buy slaves to work on them. When you have a plantation, it needs to have fertile land.  The reason for all of our fertile land and soil is because of our calm rivers leading to our excellent harbors.
  • Geography: rivers and harbors
  • Many English and Scots-Irish settlers were granted larger estates which made it easy to make plantations, which is a reason why plantations were formed in the Southern colonies.
  • Economy: Landowners
  • An enslaved cook would have to sleep in a small room house by a dozen people. The rooms they slept in had earth floors that often became muddy, and had beds made of straw and old rags.
  • Economy: Slaves
  • Historical Figure: Nathaniel Bacon
  • Hello, my name is Nathaniel Bacon. I revolted against the government of Virginia’s colony because the governor had the right to veto the laws the legislature created for the colony. I thought that this was very wrong. Ever since that happened, the English government became less involved with colonial affairs.
  • Nathaniel Bacon died before Bacon’s Rebellion that led to the removal of Berkeley and to government reforms known as Bacon’s Laws. 
  • "Slavery, that it not only crushes and brutalizes the wretched slave, but it hardens the heart, benumbs all the fine feelings of humanity, and deteriorates from the character of the slaveholders themselves,- whether man or woman. " -Austin Steward
  • Historical Figure Quote by Austin Steward
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