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1 Origins of U.S. Government
Chapter Two

2 Section 1- Early Influences
Objectives What political ideals did English colonists bring with them to North America? What major documents limited the power of English monarchs? How were the ideals of limited and representative government evident in colonial government?

3 Section 1- Early Influences
When English Colonists came to North America, they brought the tools for creating a government- important ideals that had formed the basis of government in England. Two important British ideals that strongly influenced the colonists in North America were: Limited Government Representative Government

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Limited Government: Before the 1200’s there were few limits on government in England. People were unhappy with the monarch’s unlimited power he held over his country and people. This unhappiness included English Nobles. In 1215 these nobles forced King John to sign Magna Carta, or “Great Charter”

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This document limited the monarchy’s power by helping establish the rule of law. – Under which government leaders, even monarchs, must act according to set laws. I.E. Monarch’s could no longer levy taxes with out the noble’s approval. By requiring English monarch’s to consider how their decisions would affect the people they governed, Magna Carta laid the foundation for government that promoted the public good.

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Representative Government Rep government has its roots in a council of Nobles and high religious officials that advised monarchs even before the signing of the Magna Carta. Eventually, representatives of local town and villages became part of the council. Over time the advisory council evolved in to a bicameral, or two chamber, legislature called Parliament. Nobles composed the upper house, or House of Lords. The lower house, or House of Commons, included lesser officials and local representatives.

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What can you compare the House of Lords and Commons to? The Senate = House of Lords The House of Representatives = House of Commons

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Representative Government: Two important documents- the Petition of Right and the English Bill of Rights- helped Parliament limit the monarchs power. Parliament forced Charles I to sign the Petition of Right in 1628. Could not imprison people illegally, force citizens to house soldiers in their home, or establish military rule during peace time. **United States Bill of Rights and Amendments!

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The English Bill of Rights- clearly established that the monarchy could not rule with out the consent of Parliament. The document included many protections, such as the right to petition the king without fear of punishment and free parliamentary elections. It also forbade the monarch from maintaining an army without parliamentary consent and said that Parliament should operate without royal interference.

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Colonial Development: By the time the Petition of Right and the English Bill of Rights were passed, English colonists had begun to settle in parts of North America. CHARTERS: The Jamestown colony was the first of several permanent colonies established by charter. Charter- was an agreement whereby the English Monarch gave settlers the right to establish a colony. The efforts to limit government in the colonies were evident in most charters.

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Governments: With the addition of Georgia in 1733, there were 13 colonies. Each colony had a system that reflected the ideals of limited and representative government. There were 3 types of colonies: Royal, proprietary, and corporate.

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Royal Colonies- the most common type, belonged directly to the crown. Virginia was a royal colony.

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Proprietary Colonies- were those whose territory was granted by the King to an individual or a small group of individuals, called a proprietor, and put under the proprietor’s personal control. Pennsylvania and Maryland were proprietary colonies.

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Corporate Colonies- were founded without any authorization from the English government. Although England controlled military affairs and trade in the corporate colonies, the Crown exercised such control on an irregular basis. Rhode Island and Connecticut were corporate colonies.


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