COLONY

YEAR SETTLED

ENGLISH COLONY

REASONS FOR SETTLEMENT

New England Colonies




Massachusetts Bay

1620
1630
Religious freedom

Connecticut

1633
1636
Religious freedom,agriculture

Rhode Island

1636
1644
Religious freedom

New Hampshire

1623
1679
Commercial venture

Middle Colonies




New York

1626
1664
Trade, agriculture

New Jersey

1626
1664
Trade, agriculture

Pennsylvania

1642
1681
Religious freedom

Delaware

1638
1701
Trade

Southern Colonies




Virginia

1607
1607
Commercial venture

Maryland

1634
1632
Religious freedom; buffer against Dutch

North Carolina

1650s
1712
Agriculture

South Carolina

1669
1729
Agriculture

Georgia

1733
1732
Debtor colony; buffer against Spanish


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