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official document giving a person or group permission to do something


share in a company

cash crop

crop grown to be sold for profit

indentured servant

person who agreed to work for someone for a certain amount of time in exchange for the cost of a voyage to the North Americans

House of Burgesses

Law making assembly (In Colonial Virginia)

northwest passage

Water route that explorers hoped would flow through NA, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean


person who travles to a new place for a religious reason


Group of people from England who wanted to seperate themselves from the English church. Some travled to NA in search of religious freedom.


unjust treatment because of one's beliefs

Mayflower Compact

plan of government written by the pilgrams who sailed the MAYFLOWER


group of people who wanted to purify the church of England. Est. Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630.

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