What was the economy of the New England colonies?
Although some New England farmers exported grain and livestock,
many could barely feed themselves and their families because the
poor soil made farming difficult. New Englanders therefore turned
to alternative occupations. For instance, they engaged in trading
with the West Indies, and developed fishing, small manufacturing,
and shipbuilding industries.
The economy in the British New England colonies centered around
several areas of production. Here is some summary information
A. Fishing was a large part of the NE Colonies;
B. Shipbuilding also was important;
C. Construction was a vital economic part of the NE
D. Craftsmanship shops dealing with blacksmiths, copper cooking
tailoring, newspaper jobs, and book publishing were vital parts
of the growing economic base of the NE Colonies; and
E. Professional jobs in law, accounting and banking all helped