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England and colonies


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England and colonies

  1. 1. 23-09-13 England’s Effects on the Colonies Governments During the 1600’s when colonies were setting up their government, settlers looked to England for an example. The governments of the colonies were strongly affected by England’s principles of government. English beliefs, like representative government were used in the foundation of the governments in the colonies. The English believed in a representative government. Settlers also believed that a representative government was a good way to govern people. Using a representative government in the colonies gave people the right to vote, which gave the people more of a say in government, which is what the colonists waned. In the “New World” there were three types of colonies – one, charter colonies, two royal colonies, and three proprietary colonies. All three had some sort of representative government. The English Bill of Rights was a document that the government used to sort out the basic rights of people under the English government had. The bill included the basic rights of life, liberty, and property. These basic rights were exercised and protected strongly in the colonies. Sometime around the 1600’s England’s people had earned several rights including the right to be trialed by a jury. In the colonies many had earned the same several rights. And in England those rights were to be protected by the government.
  2. 2. The government of England created the Magna Carta to protect the basic rights of citizens. The Magna Carta ideals such as free speech , and free press were applied to government throughout the colonies. The colonists also had the right to be trialed by a jury and no unjust punishment. England’s Ideals of representative government, freedom of speech and free press affected the foundation of the colonies government and eventually the United States government.