British Policy of Salutory Neglect Influenced American Society

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2. For the period before 1750, analyze the ways in which Britain's policy of salutary neglect influenced the development of American society as illustrated in the following:

Legislative assemblies

One of the most influential policies on American society was Britain’s policy of salutory neglect. It was what shaped our country's independent self governing foundation. This was the start of a country that would forever be known as the one run by the people, for the people, and one of religious freedom. The salutory neglect policy is what broke some of the last remaining ties we had with the mother land.

Sir Robert Walpole was one of the British responsible for this policy. He believed that by putting it in place and leaving the colonists to develop economically on their own, this would stimulate economic growth within the colonies which it did. Since there was little involvement and interference, the colonists developed their own political institutions which would then make decisions that were best for the colonies' economical growth and focused less on providing profits for England.

Once political institutions were put in place, asserted even more independence form England and became a place of religious freedom sparking the mass migrations from many other countries dealing with religious persecution and further developing trade across the Atlantic and strengthening colonial economy. At the time England was more concerned with it's civil wars, the Glorious Revolution and wars with the dutch and french to enforce policies of mercantilism and basically left the colonies to fend for themselves. The neglect of the colonies by England was probably the most prominent cause of the upcoming revolution and loss of the colonies.

The neglect of the colonies gave the American people a sense of independence even while still under Royal rule. Once they had a glimpse of their desired freedom and viewed themselves as self governing and self...
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