When the English settlers began to arrive, some of these tribes would become hostile toward them, and others would aid them.
King James would Charter New England in 1620.
New England's main source of commerce was its fish and timber. Whales were common up the coast and became a valuable resource for the colonies.
Timber was often exported back to England, and furs were sold. By the time of the American Revolutionary War, New England had become a wealthy haven for merchants.
Some of the major events of the American Revolution took place in the New England Colonies. These include Paul Reveres Ride, The Battle of Lexington, The Battle of Concord, The Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Capture of Fort Ticonderoga.
New England was the platform on which the rebellion ignited. It was the home of many influential characters in this drama.
Massachusetts Bay Colony
New Hampshire Colony
New Hampshire Colony was founded by John Mason but was established around 1691. New Hampshire took the longest of all the New England colonies to develop.
Plymouth Colony was the first and most famous colony of the New England Colonies.
Plymouth was founded by the Pilgrims in 1621 and was eventually absorbed by the much larger Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Although Plymouth was eventually absorbed, it is easily the most recognized colony due to the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. It was also the site of the King Philip War.
Rhode Island Colony
It was the first of the New England Colonies to offer freedom of religion. It was also the colony that Anne Hutchinson fled to after she was expelled from Massachusetts.