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1 Colonial North America
Chapter 3 Pages 52-67

2 Introduction. 1603: Queen Elizabeth dies.
James of Scotland becomes James I of England. Determined to tap into the wealth of the merchant class. Create a British Empire in North America.

3 Introduction. Joint-Stock Company.
Created to avoid excessive risk. Merchants were able to distribute risk. Accumulate money by selling shares. No single investor would suffer devastating loss. The shared profits could be very good. 1606: King James I granted royal charters to two groups of merchants and landowners. Encouraged them to create colonies in Virginia. Joint-Stock companies – the financial machine that funded colonization during this time.

4 Introduction. The Chesapeake. New England. Virginia Maryland Plymouth

5 Jamestown. 1607: Virginia Company. Chesapeake Bay.
Fort named Jamestown. In honor of King James. Site selected: Easy to defend. An unseen enemy: Disease. Salt water.

6 Jamestown. 1607 cont… English Gentlemen: Summer months: Winter months:
Diseases (typhoid & dysentery). Winter months: Starvation. English Gentlemen: Not accustom: Cooperating. Taking orders. Worrying about shelter/food. Refused to clear fields or planting or build houses/stockades.

7 Jamestown. As a result of disease and unpreparedness the colonists were not ready for the winter of By January 1608: Only 38 survived. Capt. John Smith. Skilled. Studied local natives (how they gathered food, etc). When things got tough, Smith took charge. Imposed military discipline. Forced the gentlemen to work (fish, oyster gathering, building, etc).

8 Jamestown. Fall 1608: 1609: Spring 1610: For six more years:
The deaths continued. 1609: The Starving Time. Spring 1610: Virginia Company sent more colonists. Only sixty survivors left to meet them. For six more years: Virginia company had to keep replacing the dead at Jamestown. An investors nightmare.

9 Jamestown. The salvation of Jamestown: Indian tobacco.
Virginia tobacco too harsh for English tastes. John Rolfe: Transplanted a milder West Indian tobacco. Rewarded: Profit. Celebrity marriage (Pocahontas). Tobacco: Difficult to grow. Exhausted the soil. Required constant care. By 1611 colonists planting/harvesting as much tobacco as they could.

10 Jamestown. Tobacco (Brown Gold): Dominated every aspect of life.
Colonists spread themselves over large areas because they needed large tracts of land for tobacco. Improved the health situation. Made them less secure against Indian attacks. Could not save the Virginia Company. 1618: Sacrificed control of the colony. Head right system: Any person who paid the cost of transporting and supplying a settler had the right to find, survey, and obtain a deed to 50 acres per settler.

11 Jamestown. Civil government took hold in Jamestown. 1618:
Elected, representative lawmaking body. House of Burgesses.

12 Jamestown and the Powhatan
Settler/Indian relations a major weakness of Jamestown. Governors chose confrontation over compromise or negotiation. Smith’s cooperation with Chief Powhatan eroded by the growth of the English settlement and inland expansion.

13 Jamestown and the Powhatan
Several years of armed Powhatan resistance: Anglo-Powhatan Wars. Brutal retaliation by the settlers. Refusal to deal (in good faith) with Chief Opechancanough. Powhatan Uprising 1622. Good Friday. King James I revoked charter. Colony placed under royal control.

14 Jamestown: The Royal Colony
King James I Satisfied with first steps towards an American Empire. Understood tobacco would determine Virginia’s success/failure. Tobacco: 1630: Exports skyrocketed to 1.5 million pounds. Profits remained high even when the price of tobacco fell.

15 Maryland 1632: King Charles I (1625-1649). Proprietary Colony:
Granted land at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. Calvert Family. Important Catholic family. Supporters of the monarch. Maryland (Land of Mary) – Virgin Mary. Actively encouraged settlement by English Catholics. Proprietary Colony: The family held sole authority. Appoint civil officers. Tobacco: Head right system.

16 Servitude in the Chesapeake
Tobacco: Land Intensive – exhausts soil. Labor Intensive – hard work. Indentured Servants. In exchange for the cost of transportation to the “new world” they were contracted to work for a farmer for a set period of time. Young males. Unskilled (some skilled artisans). Unmarried women, Orphans. Difficult life. Many died. Masters sometimes cruel.



19 Servitude in the Chesapeake
Planter aristocracy entrenched in Virginia. Governor carefully guarded their political/social interests. Nathaniel Bacon. Well educated. Planter. Unable to purchase the most desirable coastal lands. Forced to compete with poor men and freed white servants for land in the back country.

20 Bacon’s Rebellion Back country planters faced two constraints: 1676:
Indian resistance. Self-serving planter government. High taxes. 1676: Anger erupts into violence between Indians and back country planters. Killed five Indians (Iroquois). Indians killed 500 colonists in retaliation. Planters demanded a military response.

21 Bacon’s Rebellion Virginia Governor Berkeley refused to provide protection for the colonists. Bacon led a large number of planters to Jamestown. Governor agreed to meet Bacon’s demands. After Bacon left, the Governor declared him to be a rebel and traitor. Bacon and his men head back to Jamestown. Jamestown residents flee. Bacon’s men loot the town. Headed home to fight the Indians. Bacon dies (fatal attack of lice and dysentery). Rebellion fell apart. Berkeley executed 23 rebels.

22 Bacon’s Rebellion Resistance to the old planter government continued until The last of Bacon’s men were pulled out of hiding by Royal troops.

23 New England Colonies The Church of England: Protestant.
Two groups not satisfied: Separatists: Believed the church to be too corrupt. Believed they must separate from the church. Puritans: Believed the church was corrupt. Believed the church could be reformed. Sought to purify the church from within. James I persecuted both groups.

24 New England Colonies Charles I (1625-1649)
Not popular with the Puritans. 1629: Dismissed Parliament. Launched campaign of repression against the Puritans. Political unrest provides the context for the migration of English Puritans to the “new world”.

25 Plymouth Colony Separatists. 1609: Religious freedom in Holland.
The Pilgrims. 1609: Left Scrooby, England. Moved to Holland. Religious freedom in Holland. Downsides: Poverty (child labor). Children influenced by Dutch culture. Decided to leave Holland for America.

26 Plymouth Colony Backed by the Virginia Company of London they sailed for Virginia. Separatists (families). The strangers. Two ships: The Mayflower. The Speedwell. Leaky bucket. Difficult trip. Storms. Sickness.

27 Plymouth Colony Arrived at Cape Cod: Native village: Pawtuxet.
New Plimouth. Originally heading to Virginia. Weather pushed the ship north. Needed a governing document. The Mayflower Compact. First self governing document in America.

28 Plymouth Colony Winter 1620-1621. Local natives (Wampanoag).
Very harsh. No starving time. Local natives (Wampanoag). Sachem (Chief) Massasoit (ruled from Pokanoket). Provided colony with food, supplies, and training. Plymouth supported themselves: Farming. Used cod fishing to pay investors.

29 Plymouth Colony Despite the arrival of thousands more settlers things remained peaceful. : King Philip’s War. Sachem Metacom. Angered by Puritan/English aggression. Revolted. Defeated. War impacted Native populations.

30 Massachusetts Bay Colony
The Puritans. Political climate of England – late 1620s. Convinced many Puritans they needed to leave. To protect their congregations and families. 1629: Royal Charter granted to wealthy Puritans. The Massachusetts Bay Company. King Charles I approved the Company. 200+ devout Puritans. Massachusetts – “City on a Hill”. Model for Old England. Massachusetts Bay Colony Boston.

31 Massachusetts Bay Colony
Boston. By 1640s: Settlements spread 75 miles west. Connecticut River Valley. No lean/difficult beginnings. 1629: Transferred company operations from England to Massachusetts. Within a few years, transformed the company into a working civil government.

32 Massachusetts Bay Colony
The original Company Charter: Established a General Court: Governor (John Winthrop). His Deputy. A board of advisors. Members of the corporation (Freemen). 1632: Governor Winthrop (and advisors). Gave freemen status to all white men: Heads of families. Members of the church in good standing. 1634: Freemen allowed to select delegates to represent the towns in drafting laws. Freemen and delegates later became the colony’s two legislative houses.

33 Massachusetts Bay Colony
Doctrinal disagreements lead to the establishment of new settlements. Thomas Hooker: 1636. Objected to restricting male suffrage to church members. Led followers to the Connecticut River. Founded Hartford (Conn.). Roger Williams: Banished. Advocating religious tolerance. Founded Providence (R.I.) in Narraganset territory.

34 Not all dissenters were so “lucky”.
The Bay Colony dealt harshly with non-Puritans. Persecuted Quakers. Flogged, beaten, imprisoned, branded with hot irons, hanged. Anne Hutchinson: 1634. Daughter of clergyman. Wife of a successful merchant. Held beliefs the Colony would not tolerate. Taught her beliefs at house meetings. Popular among females and artisans and the merchant class. Critic of the Colony. God’s grace alone (not behavior or religious law) could save. 1637: Arrested, tried before the General Court, banished. Killed by Indians.

35 Life in New England. Puritans stressed:
The importance of well-ordered communities. Clustered homes in central village. Near meetinghouse (church & civic center). Strong communities. Very different from Chesapeake colonies. Well ordered families. Importance of education: 1647: Mass. General Court: Towns of support a public school. Towns of support a grammar school (Latin – Harvard, 1636). Literacy among men highest in America and England. Literacy among women remained very low.

36 Life in New England. Puritan society expected:
Women to be subordinate. Worked in home, garden, henhouse, dairy, etc. Marry (20s) and have children (about 8). Women who: Remained single. Did not have children. Aroused suspicion among their neighbors. Witchcraft Scares displayed cultural distrust of women. 1600s – 300+ women accused of witchcraft (most of those charges were dropped). Single, widows, childless, or too assertive.

37 Life in New England. 1692 Salem Witchcraft Scare.
Salem, Mass. Girls claimed to have been bewitched by older women. Twenty (or so) women tried, convicted, executed. Massachusetts government brought an end to the trials. Social tensions lay at the heart of the scare. Insiders vs. Outsiders. Outsiders: wealthy, single (without male supervision). Exposed the dark side of Puritan society.

38 The Proprietary Colonies
England’s Lord Protector: Oliver Cromwell died – 1658. England restored the Monarchy. Charles II. Took active interest in America. Proprietary Colony: Belonged to a person or persons. Granted by the English Monarchy to an individual or group of individuals. Became “Lord Proprietor/s” or owners of the colony.

39 The Proprietary Colonies
The Carolinas. South Carolina. North Carolina. New York. New Jersey. Pennsylvania. Georgia ** (much later).

40 The Carolina Colonies 1663: King Charles II
Grants several million acres to eight proprietors. South of Virginia. From the Atlantic to the Pacific. Named: Carolina. Used “Headright” system (Virginia, Maryland) to encourage settlement.

41 South Carolina. Attractive to settlers: Business in the Colony:
Good natural harbor. Charles Town (Charleston). Became the most important city in the colony. Short distance from the West Indies. Business in the Colony: Experimented with: Trade. Cash crops (sugar cane, tobacco, cotton, silk, olives). First successful business: Cattle raising. Learned skill from African slaves (West Indies). 1680s: Cattle money used to buy slaves and swamp land.

42 South Carolina. Rice Cultivation: Brought by African slaves.
Made Carolina planters the richest English colonists on the mainland. Leading rice planters: Immigrants from Barbados. Brought slaves with them. Used trade connections in the West Indies. Made South Carolina a colony of slaves. 1708: Slaves outnumbered Europeans in rice region. Mid-1700s: 10 slaves to 1 European.

43 South Carolina. 1719: South Carolina would become a Royal Colony.
Charleston planter elite gained control of “South Carolina”. Dominated by small white elite. Controlled the lives of: African slaves (men, women, and children). Tied to the land via slavery. South Carolina would become a Royal Colony.

44 North Carolina. Northern regions of Carolina:
Unpromising and isolated. Swamps in north and south. Barrier islands on the coast. Blocked access. No “good” natural harbor. Settlers moved in. Before Charles II granted the proprietorship. Poor farmers. Free white servants. Virginia – seeking a new life. Grew tobacco & produced naval stores from pine.

45 North Carolina. 1729: Colonists overthrew proprietary rule.
Officially separated from the southern part of the colony. North Carolina made a Royal Colony.

46 New York. 1651: New Netherland. Dutch owned.
English took without firing a shot in 1664. 1667 – English control the entire colony. Charles II: Issued a proprietary charter granting the former Dutch colony to his brother: James, the Duke of York. 1665: Communities of Delaware valley split off. New proprietary colony. New Jersey.

47 Pennsylvania. 1676: Proprietary rights to western part of New Jersey.
Sold to group of English dissenters. William Penn. Quaker. Wanted to create a colony to serve as a safe haven for religious toleration and pacifism. 1681: King Charles II. Issued a proprietary grant west of the Delaware River.

48 Pennsylvania. Holy Experiment. Pennsylvania. Religious freedom.
Civil liberties. Elected representation (republic). Deal fairly with Native Americans. Refused to “move in” until deal had been reached with the Delaware. Pennsylvania. First two decades – rapid population growth. 1704: Penn approved formation of Delaware. Governance of the counties near the Delaware River.

49 Georgia: The Last Colony.
1732: James Oglethorpe (and friends). Received a charter for a new colony. Georgia. In honor of King George II. Not for-profit. Reform the lives of English debtors, imprisoned in England. New start in America.

50 Georgia: The Last Colony.
King George II. No interest in debtors. Protect rich rice colony (SC). Barrier between Spanish Florida and South Carolina. Required military service (males). Rules for life in Georgia: Parental attitude towards colonists. Poverty a sign of moral weakness, addiction, or vice. No representative assembly. Small land grants. No buying/selling property. No slaves (or free blacks).

51 Georgia: The Last Colony.
Oglethorpe’s rules: Few able to “measure up”. Georgia filled with settlers from South Carolina. Middle-class English. Colonists challenged rules. Gained right to buy/sell property. Introduced slavery (though remained officially banned). 1752: Oglethorpe gave up Georgia. Georgia became a Royal Colony.


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