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civics chapter 2


Enlightenment movement that spread the idea that reason and science could improve society
monarch king or queen
legislature a group of people that makes laws
precedent a ruling that used as the basis for a juical decision in a later,similar case
common law a system of law based on precedent and customs
natural rights freedoms people possess relating to life,liberty,and property
social contract an agreement among people in a society of government
colony a group of people in one place who are ruled by a parent country else where
Joint-stock company investors provide partial ownership in a company organized for profit
charter a written document granding land and the authority to set up colonial governments
compact an agreement, or contract, among a group of people
Proprietary colony area with owner-controlled land and government
royal colony a colonial ares of land controlled directly with a king or other monarch
religious dissenters those who followed a religious faith other than the official religion of England
puritans religious dissenter who came to the colonies to purify, or reform,the Anglican church
pilgrim colonial puritans who considered them selves people on a religious journey
toleration acceptance of other groups,such as religious groups
indentured servant workers who contracted with American colonists for food ans shelter in return for their labor
plantation a large estate
triangle trade patten of trade that developed in colonial times among the Americans,Africa and Europe
tide water areas of low, flatplains near the sea coast of virginia and north carolina
egalitarianism the philosophy or spirit of equality
mercantilism the theory that a country should sell more goods to other contries then it buys
boy cott the refusal to purchase curtain goods
repeal to cancel a law
delegate a representative to a meeting
independence self-reliance and freedom from outside control