1619. First elected legilative assembly in the New World established in the Colony of Virginia. Served as an early model of elected government in the New World.
New England town meetings
Democratic style of government. Towns and cities grew around gathering places, and allowed mass participation in politics.
This document was drafted in 1620 prior to settlement by the Pilgrims at Plymouth Bay in Massachusetts. It declared that the 41 males who signed it agreed to accept majority rule and participate in a government in the best interest of all members of the colony. This agreement set the precedent for later documents outlining commonwealth rule.
an economic system (Europe in 18th C) to increase a nation's wealth by government regulation of all of the nation's commercial interests
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
Set up a unified government for the towns of the Connecticut area (Windsor, Hartford, and Wethersfield). First constitution written in America.
(founded) 1607 London Company 1624
(founded) 1620 Puritans 1691
(founded) 1623 John Wheelwright 1679
(founded) 1634 Lord Baltimore
(founded) c. 1635 Thomas Hooker
(founded) 1636 Roger Williams
(founded) 1638 Peter Minuit and New Sweden Company
(founded) 1653 Virginians 1729
(founded) 1663 Eight Nobles with a Royal Charter from Charles II 1729
(founded) 1664 Lord Berkeley and Sir George Carteret 1702