an economic system (Europe in 18th C) to increase a nation's wealth by government regulation of all of the nation's commercial interests
movement during the 1700's that spread the idea that knowledge, reason, and science could improve society
1620 - The first agreement for self-government in America. It was signed by the 41 men on the Mayflower and set up a government for the Plymouth colony.
Puritans that lived in Massachusetts Bay. They adopt the reforms to purify the church of Enlgand
1629 - The Puritan stockholders of the Massachusetts Bay Company agreed to emigrate to New England on the condition that they would have control of the government of the colony.
a Protestant denomination holding that each individual congregation should be self-governing
A rebellion lead by Nathaniel Bacon with backcountry farmers to attack Native Americans in an attemp to gain more land
Proclamation of 1765
Avoid conflict between the Indians and British colonists seeking inexpensive land.
A tax that the British Pariliament placed on newspapers and official documents sold in the American Colonies
The Coercive Acts
Parliaments angry response to the Boston tea party. Designed to punish Massachusetts and Boston for rebellion.
a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that claimed the colonies had a right to be an independent nation
The Declaration of independence
The statement agreed by the Continental Congress 1776 proclaiming the freedom and independence of thirteen British colonies in North America and announcing the creation of the United States of America.
The battle of Saratoga
Battle between colonists and British army. This convinced that French government to aid America and declare war on Britian.
The Articles of Confederation
America's first constitution which provided for a new central government with limited powers. Its weakness was the lack of authority to tax and the lack to exercise authority directly over the states.
was led by Daniel Shays it was a protest against the land being taken away and the taxes that they had just worked so hard to get rid of
Series of essays that defended the Constitution and tried to reassure Americans that the states would not be overpowered by the federal government.
person who agreed to work for a colonial employer for a specified time in exchange for passage to america.
who stated that a good government mainly left people alone and that government should not be allowed to encroach on people's liberties and on their property.