Topic: 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, commerce, religion.
Before 1750, the undocumented British policy of salutary neglect greatly impacted the methods through which American colonists regulated their daily lives. Through mercantilist thought processes, Britain created the colonies merely for gain of the mother terrain itself. Therefore, it did not give them any specific attention and allowed them to simply rule itself by personal means—and this idea makes up salutary neglect. The colonies used their own assemblies, such as the House of Burgesses, to govern themselves. Since England provided little to no financial assistance, the economy of the colonies was also self-made. It consisted mainly of agriculture, ship building, trading, industry, and fishing. Assemblies and commerce were definitely affected by salutary neglect, but because religion itself was the cause of the migration to the new world, it was unaffected by Britain’s indifference. Generally speaking, the “salutary neglect” caused the colonies to stand up on its own feet and govern itself through legislative assemblies like the House of Burgesses, create its own economic basis through agriculture, industry, and trade, and gain a largely diverse format of religious activity. After the formation of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the leaders had to manage all affairs alone. In order to give these processes a more defined, sophisticated, and official pathway, the continental congress was formed. John Winthrop was elected governor in 1630. Later in the year on October 19th, the assembly had its first meeting and formed a version of the “Dominion of New England” created by King James II. Twenty-two representatives were present in this assembly, and the first location of the meeting was Jamestown, Virginia. Issues relevant only to the...
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