The image below shows us three different archeological sites in the Carolinas, in three different periods 100 years apart
Here are two accounts of New England—of Massachusetts—written within two years of each other. Both are from educated, wealthy Englishmen
William Bradford, a puritan and the governor of the Plymouth colony on arriving in 1620:
Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men? and what multitudes there might be of them they knew not. Neither could they, as it were, go up to the top of [the mountain], to view from this wilderness a more goodly country to feed their hopes; for which way soever they turned their eyes (save upward to the heavens) they could have little solace or content in respect of any outward objects. For summer being done, all things stand upon them with a weather-beaten face; and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hew.\
Thomas Morton, an English adventurer aiming to make money in the fur trade
In the month of June, 1622, it was my chance to arrive in the parts of New England with 30 servants, and provision of all sorts fit for a plantation: and while our houses were building, I did endeavor to take a survey of the country: The more I looked, the more I liked it. And when I had more seriously considered of the beauty of the place, with all her fair endowments, I did not think that in all the knowne world it could be paralleled . . . . in my eye t’was nature’s Masterpiece; her chiefest magazine of all where lives her store: if this land be not rich, then is the whole world poor.