Colonial Self-Government, 1652-1689

Colonial Self-Government, 1652-1689

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Colonial Self-Government, 1652-1689

Colonial Self-Government, 1652-1689

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The period of colonial history dealt with in this volume presents certain well-defined characteristics. By 1650 each community had settled its government along democratic lines -- that is, had put into practice the principles of manhood suffrage, proportional representation, and the co-operation of the people in legislation. The direction that government was to take in America was already definitely determined.

Yet during the period of this volume, 1652-1689, conditions in England underwent a great change. Constitutional monarchy was definitely established; national life quickened; new interests, fostered by men who had gained experience in trade and commerce under Cromwell, supplanted the old; and an era essentially modern began. Enthusiasm spread for whatever would strengthen commerce and extend the revenue; the plantations assumed a place undreamed of before.

Such interest in the colonies took the form of the navigation acts; the founding of new colonies; the establishment of Privy Council committees, and of separate but subordinate boards and councils for . . .

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