What were the southern colonies known for?
The Southern colonies were noted for plantations, or large farms, and for the use of slaves to work on them. The English were the first Europeans to settle the Southern colonies.
What is the plantation system?
A plantation economy is an economy based on agricultural mass production, usually of a few commodity crops, grown on large farms called plantations. Plantation economies rely on the export of cash crops as a source of income.
Why was agriculture so important to the economy of the Southern colonies?
Why was agriculture so important to the economy of the Southern Colonies? Agriculture provided cash crop they could sell for a profit. Why were enslaved Africans brought to the colonies? Farmers and plantation owners, needed a large and inexpensive labor force to work in the fields.
How was agriculture different in the North and the South?
The northern economy relied on manufacturing and the agricultural southern economy depended on the production of cotton. The desire of southerners for unpaid workers to pick the valuable cotton strengthened their need for slavery.