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What Influenced the C olonies Government?. Objective 1.02. Big Question. With a partner discuss the following question. . If you started your own country, what are 3 laws you would write and enforce? Why?. Do you recognize these words?. legislation. governor. Bill of rights.

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What Influenced the Colonies Government?

Objective 1.02

Big Question

With a partner discuss the following question.

If you started your own country, what are 3 laws you would write and enforce? Why?

Do you recognize these words?



Bill of rights


Town hall meetings


Declaration of independence


Influence on the Colonies?

Where were the first settlers from?


So, whose government do you think would influence the new colonies?


In order to understand England’s influence we need to go back to the beginning.

Absolute Monarchy

Queen Elizabeth

King William the Conqueror

King Henry 1

England was an absolute monarchy. This meant that their kings and queens had UNLIMITED power over the English people.

Meet King John

mean man


The nobles rebelled against King John. They forced the king to sign an agreement called Magna Carta. This document protected the nobles and later gave rights to all English people.

Road to a Glorious Revolution


After a transfer of power to William and Mary there was a peaceful time called the Glorious Revolution. From this time on no ruler would have more power than Parliament.

Bill of Rights…does this sound familiar?

  • 1689

  • Parliament wrote the

  • English Bill of Rights

  • Free election to Parliament

  • Right to a fair trial

  • elimination of cruel and unusual punishments


Road to Self Government

House of Burgesses

Fundamental Order of Connecticut

Salutary neglect

Mayflower Compact



After the establishment of Jamestown the 1st legislature was created. It was called the

House of Burgesses.

What is a Burgess?

A citizen of an English town.

Mayflower Compact

Pact to have a direct democracy.

  • Town hall meetings

  • Local town government

Do you see evidence of this today?

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut


In Connecticut the first constitution was written called the

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

It stated:

That the assembly of elected representatives from each town to make laws.

There would be a popular election of a governor and judges

Salutary Neglect

Separated by more than 3000 miles, Great Britain still had loose control over the colonies which they called

salutary neglect.

The colonies were self governing and taking care of their own problems while England was focused on problems in England.

Do you recognize these words?

Fundamental Order of Connecticut

Magna Carta

Salutary Neglect

Mayflower Compact

House of Burgesses

Glorious Revolution

English Bill of Rights

Absolute monarch

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