- from 13 Colonies
Good weather makes farming easier and more profitable. The Southern region has mild weather all year long. That made it easy for planters in the Southern Colonies to raise crops such as cotton, tobacco, indigo, rice, and sugarcane.
But they didn’t do it alone. The slave trade brought in tens of thousands of enslaved Africans. Using slave labor, a single landholder could farm large areas and make lots of money. Southern planters grew very rich, but enslaved people saw none of the profits of their labor. The lives of wealthy planters were very different from the lives of enslaved people.