What is the MOST accurate assessment of the political difference between colonies in the 1700's?


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The political difference between colonies in the 1700s is mainly down to religious beliefs. The two major colonies in New England were the Puritans and the Quakers.

The Puritans followed the original Protestant Reformation that took place in England which outlawed the Catholic Church to allow them to practice their own religion. The Quakers, on the other hand, believed that the Bible was not needed to worship God. Other religions that settled in the New England area in the 1700s were Buddhists and Lutherans.
The southern colonies did not practice religion as fervently as they did in New England, and the main passion was in the tobacco plantations that were abundant in many places around the country. The political differences were hugely influenced by the differences in religion; the colonists in New England governed their colony using the concept of the General Court, which ruled that only men who believed in God could be trusted to make decisions and thus they were the only ones eligible to be part of the government.

The middle colonies were ruled by the British monarchy, William Penn formed Pennsylvania after the monarch awarded land to him. People who weren't Christian were allowed to vote and Penn brought in his own laws and systems and developed a system of tax paying, and the growth of crops increased.
The House of Burgesses, made up of elected councilors, was responsible for all administrative matters in the southern colonies. 
The crops grown in different colonies had a huge influence on the early economies of the regions. Flour, tobacco and other crops were vital in the employment of the 1700s, as production of these crops grew and grew.
The way things are run today have changed, although the crops of certain states still have a major influence in the day to day lives of their residents.

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