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English Settlement
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The 17th century development of New England and Virginia, two dramatically different English settlements, is the origin of the collision of values, cultures and economies that have prevailed in the North and South throughout the American story.
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Virginia and New England in the 1600s.


Colonial settlement in the 1600s, with a close-up of New England to Virginia.


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American history often focuses on the settlement of the thirteen British colonies that join together as the United States. But while the British colonists were settling North America, other European nations were also colonizing North America and the Caribbean, and events in Europe were impacting colonization.

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