How can those differences between New England and Chesapeake best be explained

Oct 2018
2
minnesota
#1
I know there are a lot of differences between New England and Chesapeake regions of British North America in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. For example, economy, population composition, labor force, settlement patterns and distribution of wealth and political power. How can those differences between New England and Chesapeake best be explained? Can you also Include brief mention of the English colonies in the British West Indies?
 
Oct 2016
1,081
Merryland
#4
Chesapeake area has much better soil for farming, much deep clay and fairly level, as opposed to the thin rocky ground up north. New England agriculture always struggled, encouraging the inhabitants to spend more resources fishing, whaling and trading. Chesapeake area still hosts many large farms. Tobacco was a major crop in the Colonial era.
The Delmarva peninsula was referred to as the 'breadbasket of the American Revolution' (as were some other areas).
Catalog Record: Breadbasket of the Revolution : Delmarva in... | Hathi Trust Digital Library