Was Colonial America a Democratic Society? Essay
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Between 1607 and 1733, Great Britain established thirteen colonies in the New World along the land’s eastern coast. England’s colonies included Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Though the colonies were classified as New England, middle or southern colonies, the colonists developed a unifying culture. With this new American culture, the colonists throughout the colonies began to think differently than their English cousins. Because colonial America displayed characteristics of a democratic society and, therefore, deviated from England’s monarchic ways, it was established as a democratic society. As more…show more content…
The order of events taken to complete these written acts and documents reveal democratic tendencies. In order for a legal document to have been created, there must have been an assembly of colonists, each with their own ideas and opinions. These colonial assemblies were often times known as or named congresses because they were the legislative bodies of their colony. The congress of each colony would put in writing the ideas of the people of the colony. Therefore, the colonies were democratically created and conducted as democratic societies. In being colonies of England, a country whose government is partially representative and partially monarchic, the American colonists struggled to create democratic societies because they were forced to accept the British laws and duties passed by the British government, however, they did succeed. Though at first, while the colonists were struggling to establish themselves in the colonies, they welcomed the support of their motherland. As time pass went on, however, the colonists were divided in opinions. Some colonists became loyalists, many felt patriotic to their colony and some remained undecidedly neutral. When the colonies realized how interconnected and alike they were, they decided to call for intercolonial congresses. Through these intercolonial assemblies whichever colonies chose to be represented were able to be. Therefore, the colonists in colonial America were governed by a government for and by
Unformatted text preview: Fueled by ambitions of making a fortune, common workers and “gentlemen” from London, England set off for the New World where many would lose their lives to famine, disease, and “on and off” attacks by Indians and would find that claims of finding wealth in the New World were false. One can conclude that greediness among gentlemen resulted in most of their deaths since the word ‘gentlemen’ connotes a formal, relatively wealth man with higher social status. Ironically, after King James authorized The Virginia Company passage into the New World, people with dreams of striking it rich either paid or worked in order to travel with the first charter, a fleet of boats the Virginia Company created under the authorization of King James to travel to the Americas. One primary objective of this voyage involved maintaining good relations with the natives, according to a set of instructions the English monarchy created. Before embarking on the Virginia Company’s first charter, the English Court created multiple sets of instructions which the settlers read at different times during the trip. In the set read promptly after arriving in Chesapeake Bay, King James stressed the importance of coexisting peacefully with the natives. stressed the importance of coexisting peacefully with the natives....
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