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chapter 2

TermDefinition
enlightenment movement that spread the idea that reason and science could improve society.
monarch king or queen
legislature a group of people that make laws.
precedent a ruling that is used as the basis for a judicial decision in a later, similar case.
common law a system of law based on precedent and customs
natural rights freedoms people posses relating to life, liberty,and property
social contract an agreement among people in a society with a government.
colony a group of people in one place who are ruled by a parent country elsewhere.
joint-stock company investors provide partial ownership in a company organized by profit
charter a written document granting land and the authority to set up colonial governments of a government document granting permission to organize a cooperation.
compact an agreement,or contract among a group of people.
proprietary colony area with owner-controlled land and government.
royal colony a colonial area of land controlled directly by a king or another monarch.
religious dissenters those who followed a religious faith other than the official religion of England.
puritans religious dissenters who came to the colonies to purify,or reform,the Anglican church.
pilgrims colonial puritans who considered themselves people on a religious journey.
toleration acceptance of other group,such as religious groups.
indentured servants workers who contracted with American colonist for food and shelter in reform for their labor
plantation a large estate
triangular trade pattern or trade that developed in colonial times among the Americas,Africa and Europe.
tidewater areas of low,flat plains near the sea cost of Virgina and North Carolina
egalitarianism the philosophy or spirit of equality
mercantilism the theory that a country should sell more goods to other countries than it buys.
boycott the refusal to purchase certain goods.
repealed to cancel a law.
delegates a representative to a meeting
independence self-reliance and freedom from out-side control.
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