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New England Region: Its History and People, Part 2



New England Region: Its History and People, Part 2
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     challenging words:    abolitionists, bisque, blight, portland, trademark, ports, port, slavery, textile, molasses, starvation, english, provided, illegal, coastal, whaling
     content words:    New England Region, Its History, New England, Rhode Island, Charles W., In Rhode Island, Emancipation Act, American Civil War, United States, Thirteenth Amendment


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New England Region: Its History and People, Part 2
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     In New England Region: Its History and People, Part 1, you learned about how New England began. Many more immigrants would help this region grow. There were also more struggles and protests.
 
2     New England's colonies became states before 1820. There were states along the middle of the Atlantic coast and in the South. Many of the colonists in New England fished and farmed. In fact, fishing was a huge industry. Sailors from Massachusetts took their ships around the world. They sailed to China and other parts of Asia. They exported goods to these places. They also imported goods from these countries. If you travel along the New England coast, you will see lighthouses. Lighthouses were used to help sailors at night. The light at the top would help sailors bring their ships to the shore.
 
3     Many of the region's states had a strong shipping industry. Rhode Island provided materials for the navy. They also shipped molasses, preserved meats, cider, and dairy products. Whaling was a huge business along its coast. Whalers were men who would go out in ships to hunt for whales. Connecticut also had a whaling port in Mystic. Today, you can go to Mystic, Connecticut, to see the last whaling ship. It is called the Charles W. Morgan. Its first voyage happened in 1841. This museum tells the story of whaling in Mystic.

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