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Chapter 4 colonial government

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Chapter 4 colonial government

  1. 1. ASPECTS OF COLONIAL GOVERNMENTS THAT INFLUENCED AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Colonial Government
  2. 2. COLONIAL LEGISLATURES  Who: House of Burgesses, William Penn, General Assembly, General Court  When: begins in 1619  What: elected officials make laws for the colonies  Why it is important: by 1760 every British colony has legislature, clash with the King
  3. 3. RIGHT TO VOTE  Who: white males (women, Africans, and Native Americans not allowed)  When: X  What: 50-75% of white males vote in colonies  Why it is important: greater % than in England, colonists value freedom
  4. 4. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS  Who: John Peter Zenger  When: 1735  What: Zenger accused of criticizing governor, accused of libel, found not guilty because his writing is based on fact  Why it is important: establishes freedom of the press
  5. 5. NAVIGATION ACTS  Who: English Parliament, colonies  When: 1651  What: Navigation Acts say shipments must go through England first, British ships must be used, key products must only be sold to England  Why it is important: As trade expands colonists want to sell other places = smuggling

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