Urban Growth in the Colonies. Introduction. The development of the early colonies was impacted by what was going on in England (Europe) at this time period (1600’s – 1700’s) The Reformation led to the challenge of the papal authority.
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The colonies provided a new and exciting era for England. They were on the cutting edge of technology with exploration, of expanding their kingdom with the physical land in America and they had the international respect as being in charge.
However. These colonist also understood themselves as a new type of English citizen. They were adventuresome, hardworking, outspoken and brash about their accomplishments in the “New World”. They wanted to be heard and they wanted a say in their governing rules. They realized that communication and edicts from England were slow in coming. By the time the ruling power in England (King and Parliament) redacted to a situation and responded, many months had passed by and the situation was irrelevant.
of the Middle Colonies
By 1700 New York had a population of almost 5,000 and it continued to grow rapidly. By 1776 the population was about 25,000. In 1800 New York City had about 60,000 inhabitants.
In 1632, England's King Charles I gave George Calvert (Lord Baltimore) a vast area in colonial America that became Baltimore County in 1659. During the 1660s the Maryland General Assembly appointed commissioners who granted land patents and development privileges to enterprising colonists. Although the Piscataway and Susquehannock tribes originally lived in neighboring regions, tribal competition and the onslaught of colonial diseases dissipated all but a few hundred of the Native Americans in Maryland by 1700.
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