InEnglish men and boys arrived in North America to start a settlement. The settlement became the first permanent English settlement in North America. The site for Jamestown was picked for several reasons, all of which met criteria the Virginia Company, who funded the settlement, said to follow in picking a spot for the settlement.
The Colonial Experience John Winthrop was the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, one of the eight colonies governed by royal charter in the colonial period. They created and nurtured them. Like children, the American colonies grew and flourished under British supervision.
Like many adolescents, the colonies rebelled against their parent country by declaring independence. But the American democratic experiment did not begin in The colonies had been practicing limited forms of self-government since the early s. The great expanse of the Atlantic Ocean created a safe distance for American colonists to develop skills to govern themselves.
Despite its efforts to control American trade, England could not possibly oversee the entire American coastline. Colonial merchants soon learned to operate outside British law. Finally, those who escaped religious persecution in England demanded the freedom to worship according to their faiths.
Colonial Governments Each of the thirteen colonies had a charter, or written agreement between the colony and the king of England or Parliament. Charters of royal colonies provided for direct rule by the king. A colonial legislature was elected by property holding males.
But governors were appointed by the king and had almost complete authority — in theory.
The legislatures controlled the salary of the governor and often used this influence to keep the governors in line with colonial wishes.
The first colonial legislature was the Virginia House of Burgesses, established in The colonies along the eastern coast of North America were formed under different types of charter, but most developed representative democratic governments to rule their territories.
When the first Pilgrims voyaged to the New World, a bizarre twist of fate created a spirit of self-government. These Pilgrims of the Mayflower were bound for Virginia inbut they got lost and instead landed at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts.
Since Plymouth did not lie within the boundaries of the Virginia colony, the Pilgrims had no official charter to govern them. So they drafted the Mayflower Compact, which in essence declared that they would rule themselves.
Although Massachusetts eventually became a royal colony, the Pilgrims at Plymouth set a powerful precedent of making their own rules that later reflected itself in the town meetings that were held across colonial New England.
Trade and Taxation Colonial economies operated under mercantilism, a system based on the belief that colonies existed in order to increase the mother country's wealth. England tried to regulate trade, and forbid colonies from trading with other European countries.
England also maintained the right to tax the colonies. Both trade and taxation were difficult for England to control, and so an informal agreement emerged. England regulated trade but allowed colonists the right to levy their own taxes.
Smugglers soon exploited the English inability to guard every port by secretly trading against Parliament's wishes. A proprietary charter allowed the governor of the colony to rule with great power over his lands.
In William Penn's Pennsylvania, that power was used to establish a land of religious tolerance.
This delicate agreement was put to test by the French and Indian War. The war was expensive, and from the British point of view, colonists should help pay for it, especially considering that England believed it was protecting the colonists from French and Indian threats.
The new taxes levied by the Crown nevertheless horrified the colonists. British naval measures to arrest smugglers further incited American shippers.
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