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Political and Social characteristics of the English Colonies. Standard 1.1 E.Q. How did the original types of government impact the US government today? . Social characteristics . Public education did not exist for some in the southern colonies. New England & Mid-Atlantic: Egalitarian

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Political and social characteristics of the english colonies

Political and Social characteristics of the English Colonies

Standard 1.1

E.Q. How did the original types of government impact the US government today?


Social characteristics

Social characteristics

  • Public education did not exist for some in the southern colonies.

  • New England & Mid-Atlantic: Egalitarian

    • The belief that all people should have equal political, economic, social, & civil rights.

  • South developed hierarchical structure:

    • Rich plantations, poor farmers, indentured servants & slaves.


Political characteristics

Political characteristics

  • Democratic institutions, yet colonies were impacted by the political traditions of the Mother Country.

  • Magna Carta: the people through their representatives have the right:

    • The right to be consulted on taxes and by legal means.

    • Trail by jury.


Va house of burgesses

VA House of Burgesses

  • Served as the first representative body in colonial America

    • given the exclusive right to initiate tax bill

    • Directly represent the people

    • Town meetings


Types of governments

Types of governments

  • Colonial Charter: an official permit granted by the king for the purpose of establishing a government.

    • Colonist would enjoy the rights of Englishman

  • Proprietary Colony: Colonies granted to a group of private owners for development.

    • 1st is Maryland

  • Joint – Stock Company: company in which a group of investors pool their wealth for a common purpose.

  • Royal Colony: a colony under the direct control of the king through an appointed royal governor.


Salutary neglect

Salutary Neglect

  • An English policy of relaxing the enforcement of regulations in its colonies in return for the colonies’ continued economic loyalty

    • Fostered a feeling of independence.

  • Colonists were loyal to the crown but believed that only their colonial assemblies had power to tax them based on the tradition of the Magna Carta.


Events of importance

Events of Importance

  • Nathaniel Bacon: landless frontiersman who led a revolt in Jamestown.

    • Were not being represented in the House of Burgesses.

    • Had to be white, male, landowner

    • Not exactly equal representation.

  • Pequot War & King Philip’s War: natives took a stand against the colonist, but were defeated when the colonist were aided by other Native Americans.


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