Compare And Contrast The Immigrants And The Commercial Empire

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Lesson 3, Assignment 3.2 Immigrants and the Commercial Empire Shira Bree Immigrants and the Commercial Empire The Puritan people of New England were very close knit. When the people married each other, it just added to the network of already connected families. Hardly anyone moved away. Everybody followed the rules of society and generally fit in. Family was a focal point, and provided guidance for every area of life, like education and religion. They did an excellent job of teaching their children and promoting literacy. The puritan women of New England were in no way equal to men, politically or socially, but they contributed greatly to the community and family life. They worked hard maintaining the households, and as mothers, wives, and…show more content…
These wars showed just how much Britain controlled the colonies, politically and economically. Britain raised taxes for the colonists, made more rules, and put more soldiers there. All these efforts by Britain just caused the colonists to rebel. This really raised the question of how much control Britain had over the colonists. The colonists ended up developing their own government, which only happened because the British rule refused to allow them to have any control, so their only choice was to rebel. The wealthiest, most well-bred people in colonial America were the upper class. They came from money and aristocracy. People who were trained in a profession or had a business were middle class. Illiterate, semi-skilled whites were lower class. Then there were indentured servants and slaves, who had basically no rights. ‘New money’ would allow upward social mobility. Also, there was lots of land that could be acquired, and that allowed for economic growth. Mercantilism was a way that the British kept economic control of the colonies. This way, the colonies would make money for Britain. The navigation acts and the sugar act were both laws enacted to restrict trade in the colonies. These acts only ended up causing corruption and rebellion, as the colonists tried to evade the
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