What was the economy of the middle colonies?
Merchant and family farms
The middle colonies based their economy on the planting of wheat, and trade. A lot of areas were great for ports. Meaning, that the middle colonies conducted trade between the New England and Southern Colonies. Also, the areas in the middle colonies were used in trade with European nations. Wheat also soon became a very profitable item as well.
The New England Colonies were cold, rocky, and had tons of trees. They couldn't farm for profit so they built ships, and whaled. The Southern Colonies were warm with rich soil and so they were able to base their economy on agriculture. Since the Middle colonies were ,well, in the middle they were a great place for trade!
The climate and soil in the Middle colonies were good, but not as good as in the Southern colonies. The economy of the Middle colonies depended more on their mills than on farming. The mills ground grain that produced flour to make bread, pancakes, waffles, and even pretzels. Bread was one of the main staples in the Middle colonies with each person eating about a pound of bread per day.
The Northern New England Colonies contributed to the economy through manufacturing, and the people that lived in the towns along the coast supported themselves and the economy through fishing, shipbuilding, and whaling. The soil in most areas of the New England Colonies wasn't of the same quality as the Middle and Southern Colonies. Because of this, instead of growing cotton and wheat, they planted a lot of squash, pumpkins, beans, and corn.
How did geography and climate and shape and the economy politics and the growth of slavery in the southern colonies the new England colonies and the middle colonies between 1607 and 1750?
How were the various occupations and activities of Colonial America related to the nature of the economy?
The geography affected the economy, occupations, and activities of the thirteen American colonies. The New England colonies were on rocky soil but had tons of forest area and was coastal so lumber and maritime occupations were at the forefront of their economy. The Middle Colonies included New York and Pennsylvania. Their economies were marked by lumber and manufacturing mills. The southern coloniesâ?? economy centered around tobacco and the plantation.