In general, mercantilism is the belief in the idea that a nation's wealth can be increased by the control of trade: expanding exports and limiting imports.In the context of the European colonization of North America, mercantilism refers to the idea that colonies existed for the benefit of the Mother Country. The American political culture was open to economic, social, religious, ethnic, and geographical interests, with merchants, landlords, petty farmers, artisans, Anglicans, Presbyterians, Quakers, Germans, Scotch Irish, Yankees, Yorkers, and many other identifiable groups taking part. Heavily rural North Carolina was dominated by subsistence farmers with small operations. People began to study the Bible at home, which effectively decentralized the means of informing the public on religious manners and was akin to the individualistic trends present in Europe during the Protestant Reformation.[123]. [51], Georgia was established on strict moralistic principles. These extreme conditions both demeaned and empowered women. Throughout the seventeenth century, the American colonies depended on imports for a wide range of consumer goods. The Illinois country by 1752 had a French population of 2,500; it was located to the west of the Ohio Country and was concentrated around Kaskaskia, Cahokia, and Sainte Genevieve. They controlled the local Anglican church, choosing ministers and handling church property and disbursing local charity. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. The Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies together spawned other Puritan colonies in New England, including the New Haven, Saybrook, and Connecticut colonies. It was a very cost effective way for England to control trade and goods in the Americas for England's benefit. The expedition located fertile and defensible ground at what became Charleston, originally Charles Town for Charles II of England. Hundreds of seamen worked as sailors on merchant ships, some of whom were African American. From the Americas, sugar, tobacco, and cotton were shipped to England. [146], Before 1720, most colonists in the mid-Atlantic region worked with small-scale farming and paid for imported manufactures by supplying the West Indies with corn and flour. The colonies grew both geographically along the Atlantic coast and westward and numerically to 13 from the time of their founding to the American Revolution. "[39] Between the late 1610s and the American Revolution, the British shipped an estimated 50,000 to 120,000 convicts to its American colonies.[40]. The colony survived and flourished by turning to tobacco as a cash crop. The religious history of the United States began with the Pilgrim settlers who came on the Mayflower in 1620. It was first imported as an exotic medicine, then was promoted as a safe alternative to gin, and finally as a mass consumed product (Schirokauer 388). By 1773, the population of Philadelphia had reached 40,000, New York 25,000, and Baltimore 6,000. Of these, 300,406 (51.5%) were white and 282,775 (48.5%) were persons of color, the latter including people of primarily African heritage, mulattos and mestizos. Gilson, Nathan B. [113], Church membership statistics by denomination are unreliable and scarce from the colonial period,[114] but Anglicans were not in the majority by the time of the American Revolutionary War and probably did not comprise even 30 percent of the population in the Southern Colonies (Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia) where the Church of England was the established church. Liquid foods such as soups were drunk from a cup. Five commodities accounted for over 60 percent of the total value of the mainland colonies' exports: Tobacco, bread and flour, rice, dried fish, and indigo. Starting in the 16th century, Spain built a colonial empire in the Americas consisting of New Spain and other vice-royalties. The town meeting levied taxes, built roads, and elected officials who managed town affairs. By 1700, Philadelphia was exporting 350,000 bushels of wheat and 18,000 tons of flour annually. By 1760, France was defeated and its colonies were seized by Britain. There was a shipyard at the mouth of almost every river in New England. Some of the colonies developed legalized systems of slavery,[2] centered largely around the Atlantic slave trade. [1] The French failed at Parris Island, South Carolina (1562–63), Fort Caroline on Florida's Atlantic coast (1564–65), Saint Croix Island, Maine (1604–05),[1] and Fort Saint Louis, Texas (1685–89). [69] Historian Timothy Breen explains that horse racing and high-stakes gambling were essential to maintaining the status of the gentry. At this time, however, there was no official attempt by the English government to create a colonial empire. The remainder of New France became part of Canada, with the exception of the French island of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Georgia initially failed to prosper, but eventually the restrictions were lifted, slavery was allowed, and it became as prosperous as the Carolinas. The most notable English failures were the "Lost Colony of Roanoke" (1583–90) in North Carolina and Popham Colony in Maine (1607–08). The settlers came mainly from the English colony of Barbados and brought African slaves with them. By the late 17th century, Virginia's export economy was largely based on tobacco, and new, richer settlers came in to take up large portions of land, build large plantations and import indentured servants and slaves. It was generally divided into Upper and Lower Louisiana. Large portions were usually given to men of higher social standing, but every man who wasn't indentured or criminally bonded had enough land to support a family. When they publicly bet a large sum on their favorite horse, it told the world that competitiveness, individualism, and materialism where the core elements of gentry values. They brewed themselves some tea, sweetened it with sugar and drank it from porcelain cups. As a result, much of the specie that found its way into the colonies was shipped to England and other European countries to settle the colonists’ bills. In Nova Scotia, however, the British expelled the French Acadians, and many relocated to Louisiana. By the mid-18th century in New England, shipbuilding was a staple, particularly as the North American wilderness offered a seemingly endless supply of timber. The Spaniards were preoccupied with South America and the lands washed by the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The richest 10 percent owned about 40 percent of all land, compared to 50 to 60 percent in neighboring Virginia and South Carolina. In the Treaty of Paris (1763), France formally ceded to Britain the eastern part of its vast North American empire, having secretly given to Spain the territory of Louisiana west of the Mississippi River the previous year. One event that reminded colonists of their shared identity as British subjects was the War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748) in Europe. The Dominion of New England was dissolved and governments resumed under their earlier charters.[53]. Massachusetts had particularly low requirements for voting eligibility and strong rural representation in its assembly from its 1691 charter; consequently, it also had a strong populist faction that represented the province's lower classes. [56], Pennsylvania was founded in 1681 as a proprietary colony of Quaker William Penn. The first wave of protests attacked the Stamp Act of 1765, and marked the first time that Americans met together from each of the 13 colonies and planned a common front against British taxation. New England became an important mercantile and shipbuilding center, along with agriculture, fishing, and logging, serving as the hub for trading between the southern colonies and Europe.[51]. Between 1670 and 1720 more native American slaves were exported from Charleston South Carolina than African slaves were imported through Charleston South Carolina. The northern colonies experienced numerous assaults from the Wabanaki Confederacy and the French from Acadia during the four French and Indian Wars, particularly present-day Maine and New Hampshire, as well as Father Rale's War and Father Le Loutre's War. (A 15-year-old boy in 1700 could expect to live to about 63.) Eventually cows were brought with the horses. Andros was jailed for several months, then returned to England. Elementary education was widespread in New England. Literature in the European sense was nearly nonexistent, with histories being far more noteworthy. Their settlements had spread far beyond the Appalachians and extended from Maine in the north to the Altamaha River in Georgia when the Revolution began, and there were at that time about 2.5 million American colonists. A massive population explosion in Europe brought wheat prices up. That part was perfectly normal. The majority of early British settlers were indentured servants, who gained freedom after enough work to pay off their passage. In 1750, blacks made up about 10 percent of the population of New York and Philadelphia. Together, these regions encompassed all 13 colonies. Many had never lived in Britain in over a few generations, yet they imitated British styles of dress, dance, and etiquette. Anonymous Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to map the eastern seaboard of America from New York to Florida, as documented in the Cantino planisphere of 1502. In England, hunting was sharply restricted to landowners and enforced by armed gamekeepers. On the eastern seaboard, the four distinct English regions were New England, the Middle Colonies, the Chesapeake Bay Colonies (Upper South), and the Southern Colonies (Lower South). The cost of imports invariably exceeded the value of colonial exports. Using this technique, they grew corn for human consumption and as feed for hogs and other livestock. By 1729, the proprietary government had collapsed, and the Proprietors sold both colonies back to the British crown. The Navigation Acts, while enriching Britain, caused resentment in the colonies and were a major contributing factor to the American Revolution, fueled by the later Molasses and Sugar Acts. They were returned to Spain in 1783 in exchange for the Bahamas, at which time most of the British left. The European powers quickly realized the potential of the lands not yet colonized by Europeans and attempted to gain control of them. Florida was home to about 3,000 Spaniards at the time, and nearly all quickly left. The leading theologian and philosopher of the colonial era was Jonathan Edwards of Massachusetts, an interpreter of Calvinism and the leader of the First Great Awakening. Most of the settlers came from Protestant backgrounds in England and Western Europe, with a small proportion of Catholics (chiefly in Maryland) and a few Jews in port cities. The tea had come from Asia, the sugar was fro… [1] The death rate was very high among those who arrived first, and some early attempts disappeared altogether, such as the English Lost Colony of Roanoke. The U.S. defeated Spain by the end of the year, and won control of Puerto Rico in the ensuing peace treaty. Unlike yeoman farmhouses, these merchants lived in elegant ​ .sr-only{border:0;clip:rect(0,0,0,0);height:1px;margin:-1px;overflow:hidden;padding:0;position:absolute;width:1px;white-space:nowrap} 1⁄2-story houses designed in the new Georgian style, imitating the lifestyle of the upper class of England. [99][100] Republicanism provided the framework for colonial resistance to British schemes of taxation after 1763, which escalated into the Revolution. The new style of sermons and the way that people practiced their faith breathed new life into religion in America. However, the Massachusetts charter had been revoked in 1684, and a new one was issued in 1691 that combined Massachusetts and Plymouth into the Province of Massachusetts Bay. Few girls attended formal schools, but most were able to get some education at home or at so-called "Dame schools" where women taught basic reading and writing skills in their own houses. The Spanish moved north from Mexico, settling villages in the upper valley of the Rio Grande, including much of the western half of the present-day state of New Mexico. These Georgian houses had a symmetrical façade with equal numbers of windows on both sides of the central door. The governor's council would sit as an upper house when the assembly was in session, in addition to its role in advising the governor. The strange part was when the Indians sat down to wait. Hugh Talmage Lefler, and William Stevens Powell. Ethnic cultures also affected styles of furniture. In addition, one fourth of the whites had no land at all. After King Phillips War, Andros successfully negotiated the Covenant Chain, a series of Indian treaties that brought relative calm to the frontiers of the middle colonies for many years. About a third of the population in the 21st century is descended from the Spanish settlers.[1][18]. Leaders such as George Washington strongly endorsed tolerance for them and indeed for all denominations.[121]. [124], By the mid-18th century, the values of the American Enlightenment became established and weakened the view that husbands were natural "rulers" over their wives. [36] The Russian-American Company was formed in 1799 with the influence of Nikolay Rezanov, for the purpose of buying sea otters for their fur from native hunters. Subsequent treaties with Maroon communities suggest that these communities were a burden on South American and Caribbean plantations. The charters provided a fundamental constitution and divided powers among legislative, executive, and judicial functions, with those powers being vested in officials. After the Pequot and King Philips war in the early days of the New England colony, more than 60,000 native American slaves were exported to the West Indies. Providence Plantation was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams on land provided by Narragansett sachem Canonicus. Their numbers were also greatly increased by continuing immigration from Great Britain and from Europe west of the Elbe River. The United States would gain much of New France in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, and the U.S. would acquire another portion of French territory with the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Ill, pp. When sons married, fathers gave them gifts of land, livestock, or farming equipment; daughters received household goods, farm animals, or cash. 14 to 16 percent remained Anglican but were declining in number, and the remaining 2 percent of the churches were Catholic. [38] The consensus view among economic historians and economists is that the indentured servitude occurred largely as "an institutional response to a capital market imperfection," but that it "enabled prospective migrants to borrow against their future earnings in order to pay the high cost of passage to America. The governor had the power of absolute veto and could prorogue (i.e., delay) and dissolve the assembly. The last half of the 19th century was marked by the Puerto Rican struggle for sovereignty. [80], Another point on which the colonies found themselves more similar than different was the booming import of British goods. In the British and French colonies, most colonists arrived after 1700. [73], At first, South Carolina was politically divided. Forks were sometimes used while spoons were rarely used. The Puritan economy was based on the efforts of self-supporting farmsteads that traded only for goods which they could not produce themselves, unlike the cash crop-oriented plantations of the Chesapeake region. There were also several Spanish expeditions to the Pacific Northwest, but Spain gave the United States all claims to the Pacific Northwest in the Adams–Onís Treaty. White Ethnicity in the Formation of Colonial American Culture,", Wayne L. Bockelman, and Owen S. Ireland, "The Internal Revolution in Pennsylvania: An Ethnic-Religious Interpretation,", Henry R. Viets, "Some Features of the History of Medicine in Massachusetts during the Colonial Period, 1620–1770,", Richard H. Shryock, "Eighteenth Century Medicine in America,". One side of the ground floor contained a hall, a general-purpose room where the family worked and ate meals. Nearly all the religious denominations set up their own schools and colleges to train ministers. [47], The non-separatist Puritans constituted a much larger group than the Pilgrims, and they established the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629 with 400 settlers. Before the war, Britain held the thirteen American colonies, most of present-day Nova Scotia, and most of the Hudson Bay watershed. [147] Large farmers and merchants became wealthy, while farmers with smaller farms and artisans only made enough for subsistence. Moreover, both the homeland and the colonies encouraged immigration, offering inducements to those who would venture beyond the ocean. The oldest university in the South, The College of William & Mary, was founded in 1693 in Virginia; it pioneered in the teaching of political economy and educated future U.S. Presidents Jefferson, Monroe and Tyler, all from Virginia. He was a patron of George Washington and was not disturbed during the war. Hundreds of New England shipwrights built oceangoing ships, which they sold to British and American merchants. Ethnicity made a difference in agricultural practice. New Spain encompassed the territory of Louisiana after the Treaty of Fontainebleau (1762), though Louisiana reverted to France in the 1800 Third Treaty of San Ildefonso. [25] The economy also suffered from increasing tariffs and taxes imposed by the Spanish Crown. They cleared land, built houses and outbuildings, and worked on the large plantations that dominated export agriculture. While the inhumane working conditions coupled with slave revolts in the Caribbean Islands and Brazilian plantations called for the increased imports of African slaves, in the colonies many plantation owners recognized their ability to maintain a generation of slaves for the economic benefit of allowing natural reproduction to increase the population. The assembly's role was to make all local laws and ordinances, ensuring that they were not inconsistent with the laws of England. [55], New Jersey began as a division of New York, and was divided into the proprietary colonies of East and West Jersey for a time. [57] Philadelphia became the largest city in the colonies with its central location, excellent port, and a population of about 30,000.[58]. King William III sought to unite the New England colonies militarily by appointing the Earl of Bellomont to three simultaneous governorships and military command over Connecticut and Rhode Island. Most New England parents tried to help their sons establish farms of their own. Many merchants became very wealthy by providing their goods to the agricultural population, and ended up dominating the society of sea port cities. David Armitage and Michael J. Braddick, eds., Alison. The French, troubled by foreign wars and internal religious quarrels, long failed to realize the great possibilities of the new continent, and their settlements in the St. Lawrence Valley grew feebly. This promoted the rapid expansion of the legal profession, so that the intense involvement of lawyers in politics became an American characteristic by the 1770s.[97]. Wives and husbands often worked as a team and taught their children their skills to pass it on through the family. [67], Sports occupied a great deal of attention at every social level, starting at the top. The British attacked Spanish Florida during numerous wars. “Historiographical Interpretation of Maroon Resistance and Culture in the Atlantic World .” Liberty University, March 18, 2018. ", David J. Weber,"The Spanish Borderlands, Historiography Redux. He therefore offered to sell all of Louisiana for $15 million. The colleges were designed for aspiring ministers, lawyers, or doctors. Most music had a religious theme, as well, and was mainly the singing of Psalms. The seaport cities of colonial America were truly British cities in the eyes of many inhabitants. The prospect of religious persecution by authorities of the crown and the Church of England prompted a significant number of colonization efforts. The governor was invested with general executive powers and authorized to call a locally elected assembly. [66] In some districts near present-day Washington DC, 70 percent of the land was owned by a handful of families, and three fourths of the whites had no land at all. In the 1830s the missions were disbanded and the lands sold to Californios. African women entered the colony as early as 1619, although their status remains a historical debate—free, slave, or indentured servant. Tea did not begin as a necessity for England, though it quickly became one. Some immigrants who just arrived purchased farms and shared in this export wealth, but many poor German and Irish immigrants were forced to work as agricultural wage laborers. It also began imposing tighter control on colonial governments. It caused men to travel across the continent who might otherwise have never left their own colony, fighting alongside men from decidedly different backgrounds who were nonetheless still "American". New France was the vast area centered on the Saint Lawrence river, Great Lakes, Mississippi River and other major tributary rivers that was explored and claimed by France starting in the early 17th century. Adjacent to the hall was the parlor, a room used to entertain guests that contained the family's best furnishings and the parents' bed. It changed their rituals, their piety, and their self-awareness. [117] Anglicans in America were under the authority of the Bishop of London, who sent out missionaries and ordained men from the Colonies to minister in American parishes. By the middle of the 18th century, New England's population had grown dramatically, going from about 100,000 people in 1700 to 250,000 in 1725 and 375,000 in 1750 thanks to high birth rates and relatively high overall life expectancy. [30] The peak population was less than 10,000. In the 17th century, high mortality rates for newcomers and a very high ratio of men to women made family life either impossible or unstable for most colonists. German and Scotch-Irish immigrants arrived in large numbers during the 18th century. [72], The Province of Carolina was the first attempted English settlement south of Virginia. The New England colonies were all originally charter colonies and were quite proficient at self-governing themselves, according to Alan Taylor in his book American Colonies: “By virtue of their especially indulgent charters, the New England colonies were virtually independent of crown authority. Upon their arrival, they drew up the Mayflower Compact, by which they bound themselves together as a united community, thus establishing the small Plymouth Colony. The Boston Tea Party of 1773 dumped British tea into Boston Harbor because it contained a hidden tax that Americans refused to pay. [10] Over the following 20 years, people fleeing persecution from King Charles I settled most of New England. They ignored the Indians and tolerated slavery (although few were rich enough to own a slave).[143]. When married, an English woman gave up her maiden name. Other countries did attempt to found colonies in America over the following century, but most of those attempts ended in failure. The colonists replied that their sons had fought and died in a war that served European interests more than their own. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. 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