Growth of Representative Government. Reasons for Growth of Representative Government. 1.) Colonists were familiar with the parliamentary system in England, and because they needed a lawmaking structure , they could resemble it in the colonies
parliamentary system in England, and because
they needed a lawmaking structure, they
could resemble it in the colonies
2.) They needed representative government
because they were a long distance for the
British system. (needed laws closer to home)
3.) There was isolation from other communities
4.) Traditional rights of Englishmen (used to being in
positions of authority
William Penn believed in representative government
Penn’s colony was an experiment in the possibility of equality, and citizens involved in the government
This was the first written constitution in the colonies and in America, and it described the organization of representative government in detail (laid out the rules for the government)
The Mayflower compact is significant because it provided a model for later development of representative governments.
Baltimore permitted high degree of freedom of worship in order to prevent repeat of persecution of Catholics by Protestants.