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How did geography affect the lives of colonial women?
Geography affected all of the colonists in early colonial America not just the women. Quality of life and opportunities differed depending on which colony one lived in. Throughout history geography has affected trade, agriculture, industry, medicine and the rise and fall of empires. In colonial America this would be no different.
Though women were considered the "weaker sex" during this time in history, they shouldered much the same burdens as the men did. From the colonizing of Jamestown until the beginning of the industrial revolution most women worked as hard as the men did.
Geography affected the lives of women in various ways. It is interesting to think of this geographical impact in two different ways, both north to south and east to west. I think that most times we tend to think in three groups when it comes to colonial America. We divide the colonies into Northern or New England colonies, the Middle colonies and the Southern colonies. This is a good way to divide them up but it does not completely answer the question of how geography affected the lives of women. Perhaps an even greater impact was produced by the east to west factor. In other words women who lived closer to the coast (East) had a different experience from those women who lived further away from the coast (West).