The cultural, historical, economic, and religious characteristics of two early 17th century English colonies will be compared and contrasted. Questions covered include, but are not limited to: Why did they leave England? What skills did the colonists bring to the New World? What were their farming strategies? What were their expectations upon arriving in the New World? What were their perspectives on slavery? What were their life expectancies? What were their religious goals for the Native Americans? What knowledge and expectations did the Native Americans have about the English prior to the arrival of the colonists?