Colonists Rights In The 13 American Colonies

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When explorers first voyaged west, new towns sprouted in North America such as; Jamestown, Virginia and Plymouth, Massachusetts. These towns set laws and rights in which to obey on their long trip to the Americas. Eventually in the course of history the thirteen American Colonies we controlled by the English. The English were viewed as the mother country and profited greatly through trade and commerce within the colonies. Although over time the colonist government adopted British rights. Two specifics rights transformed into colonist life where they had the right to bare arms, and another being the citizens have a right to their property. These rights were enjoyed by colonists during the mid 1700’s just before the American Revolution. Colonists and citizens of Britain had the right to bare arms, meaning they could have a source of defense on hand. This right was first brought up because of corrupt government. The English monarchy has extensive power and used it to a force, citizens kept…show more content…
Citizens had the right to their property, although property could be taken as many values. One person 's property is one person 's possessions, whether that is their money, land, or any other possessions. This is radically important to citizens, preventing, the government or any person from literally stealing their property or personal possessions. John Locke; an English philosopher and enlightened thinker, described this as “everyman has a property in his person; this nobody has a right to but himself. The labor of his body and the work of his hand, we may say, are properly his” (Right to property: Wikipedia). John Locke interpreted that when citizens are given the right to property they are truly given all combinations and locks to keep their values and possessions safe from outside force such as the
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